State petroleum firm Sonatrach says it has attracted interest from 49 international firms for four refining projects worth a combined $6bn. The projects are part of a refining expansion intended “to stop importing refined products by 2018,” according to a Reuters report citing a company source.

The four projects are new refineries at Tiaret and Hassi Messaoud plus a hydrocracker and a naphtha reformer at the existing Skikda refinery. Here Sonatrach recently awarded basic engineering studies for the 4.6mn tons/year (84,000 b/d) hydrocracker and 4mn t/y (90,000 b/d) reformer to Spain’s Tecnicas Reunidas. (CONTINUED - 797 WORDS)