Soyo – Construction work on the oil refinery in the municipality of Soyo, northern Zaire province, will begin at the end of next month (April), ANGOP learnt from an official source.
The announcement was made Thursday by the member of the Executive Committee of Sonangol Refinação e Petroquímica, Faustino Conde Pongue.
Speaking to the press, after the public presentation of the project to members of the Provincial Government of Zaire, the Municipal Administration of Soyo and civil society, the Sonangol official reiterated that the refinery, whose construction will be completed by 2025, will process 100,000 barrels of petroleum products per day.
The infrastructure will be built in the locality of Matanga, about 12 kilometers southwest of the Soyo, by the “Quantem” Consortium.
This consortium includes US companies, namely Quanten LLC, TGT INC, Aurum &Sharp and Angolan ATIS-Nebest-Angola.
In a first phase, according to the source, the works will involve a universe of more than two thousand workers, mostly young people to be recruited locally.
Faustino Conde Pongue said that steps are being taken to legalise the land where the project will be implemented, with the provincial government and the municipal administration of Soyo.
“We are negotiating a plot of land belonging to Sonangol for the transfer of 712 square kilometers, where the refinery will be built”, he underlined.
Estimated at USD 3.5 billion, the project will include a residential area for 1,000 employees, a plant for the production and treatment of drinking and residual water, a sanitary landfill for waste and a power station and other areas.
It will also have a processing unit and a crude oil supply unit, an area for transport and installation of accessories, as well as a pier to anchor two oil tankers with a capacity of up to 100,000 tons of crude oil.
The public presentation of the project was attended by the provincial governor of Zaire, Pedro Makita Armando Júlia.