|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.