$2.9b Italy Deal to Upgrade Egypt Refineries

$2.9b Italy Deal to Upgrade Egypt Refineries$2.9b Italy Deal to Upgrade Egypt Refineries

Technip Italy, a world leader in project management for the energy industry, has finalized two joint agreements valued at $2.9 billion with Egypt-based companies for upgrades of two refineries in the North African country.

The contract with Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation and Assiut Oil Refining Company for the modernization project of the Assiut Refinery, Upper Egypt, is designed to refine the “bottom of the barrel” in the frame of the longstanding cooperation between Italian and Egyptian governments and companies, especially in the oil and gas sector., TradeArabia reported.

The investment, which has an estimated total value of $1.5 billion, is aimed at maximizing diesel production and introducing the most modern refinery technologies in Upper Egypt to meet the growing local demand for petroleum products.

Technip will now start activities for the project and provide support to ensure project financing, a statement said, adding that SACE, a provider of investment protection services, is ready to evaluate a possible intervention to support the project.

In another development, Technip Italy and SACE announced the finalization of a joint agreement with Middle East Oil Refinery for a project to modernize and expand the Midor Refinery near Alexandria, Egypt.

The investment has an estimated total value of $1.4 billion and aims at improving the production quality of the plant, considered the most advanced in the African continent. It will increase its refining capacity from 100,000 to 160,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

SACE has committed to launch the evaluation process to ensure an export credit facility to support the project, the statement said, noting that Technip will in parallel start activities related to the project.

In due course, Technip will take responsibility for the EPC phase of both the projects, according to the statement.