Egypt is seeking to benefit from the production capacity of the Midor refinery, which preceded the launch of the first phase of its expansion project in October of last year.
The Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Tarek El Molla, announced the early start of the second phase of the refinery expansion project, during an inspection visit he made to the refinery and a number of new oil projects in Alexandria, according to a statement by the ministry on Facebook.
El Molla said that the MIDOR refinery expansion project comes within an ambitious strategy adopted by the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum since 2016, which aims to implement a series of projects to increase local production and narrow the gap between production and local consumption of petroleum products, by modernizing the refineries’ capabilities.
Refinery expansion projects
The Egyptian Minister of Petroleum inspected the projects of the second phase, as he started 4 new warehouses for storing crude and products with a total capacity of 400,000 barrels of crude oil, and 290,000 barrels of intermediate products, with two warehouses for crude, and the same for products.
The stage included a nitrogen production unit with double the current capacity, a new electricity distribution station to feed the expansion project with a capacity of 49 megawatts, in addition to a natural gas depressurization station with a capacity of 1.4 million cubic meters of gas per day; To supply MIDOR Electricity Company (MEDALEC), to keep pace with the MIDOR refinery expansion project, as Gasco Company carried out the installation works for the station.
The projects also include the expansion of the Egyptian Refinery in Mostorod, and the two high-octane gasoline production complexes in Alexandria and Assiut, which have been fully operational.
El-Molla explained that a number of other major projects are currently being implemented, foremost of which are the diesel complexes in Assiut and Suez, with the aim of completing the development system for the next period.
The Importance of MIDOR Refinery
Al-Mulla said that the MIDOR refinery expansion project enhances its role as one of the important tributaries to feed the local market with its needs, as the project, with an investment cost of $2.4 billion, will raise the current production capacity of the refinery by 60%, to reach 160,000 barrels per day.
The Minister stressed the importance of pushing the work on expansion projects, to accomplish all stages, as he considers this work a challenge in light of operating the existing refinery with its current production units, in accordance with the highest safety controls to maintain the safety of personnel and equipment.
The minister also followed up on the project implementation rates to check on the progress of work in the remaining phases by the Egyptian companies Enppi and Petrojet, which are participating in the implementation, next to Technip International.
The head of MIDOR, the chemist Jamal Al-Quraish, reviewed the ongoing work to complete the new project, explaining that the progress of the works has so far reached about 87%, in addition to rehabilitating the original units of the refinery and supporting its operational efficiency at its maximum capacity, to contribute to supplying the local market with petroleum products.
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