Oil minister Tarek El Molla last week signed a $1.7bn contract with French firm TechnipFMC for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) work on a new 60,000 b/d CDU at Alexandria’s Midor refinery.

Crude processing capacity will rise from 115,000 b/d to 175,000 b/d with Technip also charged with revamping and expanding the capacities of the refinery’s naphtha hydrotreater, naphtha splitter and LPG treatment units with the aim of increasing the plants ‘white products’ output to 87% of total output. (CONTINUED - 826 WORDS)