Algeria’s Sonatrach is beginning to address an urgent need for upgrading capacity at its existing refineries, which has led to imports of both gasoline and diesel since 2012 despite total refining capacity exceeding domestic demand.

This week Sonatrach signed contracts worth a total €15.5mn ($16.2mn) with Spain’s Tecnicas Reunidas for basic engineering studies for a hydrocracker and naphtha reformer to be installed at the country’s largest refinery, 355,000 b/d Skikda. (CONTINUED - 597 WORDS)