|The oil refinery at Arzew, Algeria, is a topping and reforming refinery with a nameplate distillation capacity of 3,000 ktonnes per annum (60,000 bpd). It was built by a consortium of Japanese contractors and completed in 1973. It processes Saharan crude piped to it along the Haoud El Hamra/Arzew pipeline. Half of its output is consumed locally with the remainder being exported. The refinery is owned by the Algerian national oil company, Sonatrach. |
Following the country’s expansion of its gas exports, the Arzew refinery is undergoing a major rehabilitation of its GL1-Z and GL2-Z gas liquefaction plant. Contractors are Bechtel and the Japanese companies, IHI and Itochu, who have been awarded contracts to install new equipment and debottleneck existing facilities.