The Société Gabonaise de Raffinage (Sogara) refinery at Port Gentil, is a topping and reforming refinery with a nameplate distillation capacity of 1050 ktonnes per annum (21,000 bpd), though operation tends to be around 82% of rated capacity. The refinery, originally opened in 1967, is owned by the Gabonese government (25%) and Elf(21.83%), Total (19%), Mobil , Shell, Texaco, Fina, Agip (6,25% each) and others (9.17%). Elf operates the refinery which is the sole source of supply to Gabon.

Citac, the premier company offering consultation and analysis, personnel training and business development in the African energy market, offers the following additional comment about the industry in this country…

In April 2003 the Nigeria-São Tomé & Príncipe Joint Development Authority (JDA) invited tenders for the award of acreage in the deep offshore ‘Joint Development Zone’. CWC Associates are delighted to announce the following JDA roadshow events: London (19-20.Jun.2003) and Houston (23-24.Jun.2003). Headed by the JDA, these events will provide vital information and networking opportunities for companies interested in posting competitive tenders for blocks in the Joint Development Zone.