El-Nasr refinery

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The El-Nasr refinery, situated on the Suez canal, was built by Anglo-Egyptian Oilfields in 1913,[1] making it the oldest refinery in Africa. It was closed for restoration and upgrading between 1967 and 1974.[2]

Ownership

The refinery is owned by the government through the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) and operated through its subsidiary, the El-Nasr Petroleum Company.[3]

Capacity and Production

The refinery is Egypt's largest with a capacity of 146,300 barrels per day (bpd).[4] It processes more than 30 percent of the petroleum produced in Egypt[5] and comprises three crude distillation units, an accompanying asphalt production unit and a power plant.[6]

Fires

A fire in the lubricating oil section of the refinery killed four workers and injured five others in February 2012, according to the refinery's director.[7] Another fire, this time at the plant's storage tanks, in April 2012 killed one person and injured 24. The fire did not impact production or Egyptian fuel supplies, according to officials,[8] but it did lead EGPC to delay shipments of two cargoes of naptha, a petroleum distillate often used as fuel. At the time an Asian trader told Egypt Independent that the delay in naphtha shipments was likely to have an impact on the Asian market.[9]

New Refinery Plans

The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum in the early 2000s signed an agreement with China to build a new US$2 billion refinery adjacent to the El-Nasr site[10] with a capacity of 129,000-150,000 bpd,[11] but as of mid-2013 the refinery plans had not visibly progressed.

References

  1. "EGYPT - The Oil Refining Sector.", The Free Library, retrieved 11 June 2013.
  2. "El Nasr Refinery - Simple Oil Refinery in Suez, As Suways, Egypt", Mbendi, retrieved 11 June 2013.
  3. "Egypt", Energy Information Administration, July 2012.
  4. "Egypt", Energy Information Administration, July 2012.
  5. "Blaze engulfs Egyptian refinery", Pipeline Magazine, 15 April 2012.
  6. "EGPC delays naphtha shipments after fire at refinery", Egypt Independent, 19 April June 2012.
  7. "Fire at Egypt oil refinery kills 4 workers", Daily News Egypt, 22 February 2012.
  8. "UPDATE: EPC says Fire out at Egyptian refinery", Arabian Oil and Gas, 15 April 2012.
  9. "EGPC delays naphtha shipments after fire at refinery", Egypt Independent, 19 April 2012.
  10. "Egypt and China to join refinery forces", Egypt Oil % Gas, retrieved 11 June 2013.
  11. "EGYPT - The Oil Refining Sector.", The Free Library, retrieved 11 June 2013.