Algeria is considering further cuts to its refinery expansion plans after cash-strapped state firm Sonatrach earlier this year trimmed its plan for building new refinery projects by around 150,000 b/d, from the four greenfield refineries first announced (MEES, 11 October 2013).

Sonatrach still intends to increase the country’s refining capacity from the current 651,000 b/d. But the program is again under the microscope following a reshuffle which saw Salah Khebri appointed Minister of Energy and Amine Mazouzi CEO of Sonatrach, with a brief to revive the petroleum sector (MEES, 29 May). (CONTINUED - 880 WORDS)