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October 11, 2021

Soyo Refinery, Angola

By Carmen

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



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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 E.P. (Sonangol) through its subsidiaries is involved in the exploration of oil and gas. The company’s business activities include exploration, research, development, marketing, production, storage, transportation, and refining of hydrocarbons and derivatives. It offers crude oil, refined – gas, refined – diesel oil, lpg, kerosene, fuel oil, naphtha and subvention. Sonangol’s services include aircraft renting , freight ships, communication services, healthcare; and medical services, training activities, overheads – block operator, integrated logistics services, pension fund management and real estate leases. The company has its operations in London, Houston, Singapore, Rio de Janeiro, Lisbon, Havana and Beijing. Sonangol is headquartered in Luanda, Angola.


Information on the refinery is sourced from GlobalData’s refinery database that provides detailed information on all active and upcoming, crude oil refineries and heavy oil upgraders globally. Not all companies mentioned in the article may be currently existing due to their merger or acquisition or business closure.

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