Algerian state firm Sonatrach has put its planned 5mn t/y (110,000 b/d) refinery at the inland oil hub of Hassi Messaoud on hold in a bid to cut costs.

Spain’s Técnicas Reunidas, which was awarded a $3.7bn EPC contract at the start of 2020 as part of a 55:45 JV with Korea’s Samsung Engineering (MEES, 10 January 2020), revealed last month in its annual report that the project had yet to move forward (MEES, 21 April). (CONTINUED - 553 WORDS)