Egypt’s Midor Refinery Signs Up UOP For $1.4bn, 60,000 b/d Expansion

Alexandria’s Midor refinery is set to play a key part in reversing Egypt’s chronic gasoline and diesel shortage. It will boost CDU capacity by 60% to 160,000 b/d with the emphasis on hiking white products output.

Egypt’s state-owned Middle East Oil Refinery Company (Midor) has signed two agreements with US-based technology provider UOP for engineering design and process licenses for new units in a $1.4bn expansion and revamp at its 100,000 b/d capacity refinery in Alexandria.

While the expansion will add 60,000 b/d of crude distillation capacity, it is particularly aimed at expanding output of middle distillates, especially Euro 5 specification diesel and jet fuel, to meet domestic market needs. In 2014 Egypt had to import a record 221,000 b/d of products (see graph).


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