Egypt’s ANRPC is commissioning a 600,000 t/y (13,500 b/d) continuous catalytic reformer (CCR) alongside the 90,000 b/d refinery at Alexandria, operated by its major shareholder Alexandria Petroleum. The $300mn plant will process straight-run naphtha to produce 635,000 t/y (14,800 b/d) of 95 Ron gasoline. Commercial operations are slated to begin next month, helping cut gasoline imports that averaged 57,000 b/d for January-May 2018. The reformer is one of a number of delayed projects aimed at reducing Egypt’s fuels imports bill, which have gained from improved financial flows after Cairo’s economic reforms (MEES, 15 June).