Sonangol EP will operate the upcoming Soyo refinery, proposed to be built at Zaire in Angola. The non integrated refinery will be owned by Sonangol EP and is expected to start operations in 2025.

Key processes of the refinery

Crude Distillation Unit (mbd): 100
Vacuum Distillation (mbd): 48
Catalytic Cracker (mbd): 25
Hydrocracker (mbd): 24
Reformer (mbd): 19
Hydrotreater (mbd): 63
Alkylation (mbd): 3
Isomerization (mbd): 6

During the period 2021-2025, the Soyo refinery is expected to witness an estimated capex of $3,185m.

Contractors involved in the refinery

Some of the key contractors for the upcoming projects at the Soyo refinery include the following.

Main EPC: China National Chemical Engineering.

About Sonangol EP

Sonangol EP (Sonangol) is a state-owned oil company that carries oil and natural gas exploration activities. It operates through its subsidiary in oil and gas, banking, finance, real estate, telecommunication, air transportation and medical services sectors. The company researches, develops, markets, explores, produces, stores, transports and refines liquid and gaseous hydrocarbons and their by-products through its oil and gas business. Sonangol’s air transportation segment provides commercial flights, cargo freight and aircraft charter services; and real estate unit offers investment and property development services. It has offices in London, the UK; Houston, the US; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Lisbon, Portugal; Havana, Cuba; Beijing, China; and Singapore. Sonangol is headquartered in Luanda, Angola.


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