Sonara Limbe Refinery
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Summary Information

  • Ownership: Sonara (Société Nationale de Raffinage)
    • Government of Cameroon (66%)
    • TOTAL (18%)
    • ExxonMobil Corporation (8%)
    • Shell International Ltd (8%)
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  • Location: Cape Lemboh Limbe, Cameroon
  • Capacity: 2.1 million tons/annum & 45,000 bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity:

Refining Units

  • Crude unit 45,000
  • Catalytic reformer 11,000
  • Naphtha hydrotreater 12,000
  • Distillate hydrotreater 3,500

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • light crude oil imported from Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and Angola

Products Produced

  • napthta, butane, gas oil and fuel oil

Ongoing Projects

  • For full details see Limbe Refinery Project
  • Cameroon's state-owned oil SONARA oil refinery has signed a 45 billion CFA franc ($98.25 million) loan deal to raise production capacity from 2.1 to 3.5 million tonnes a year.
  • The upgrade project will also enable Cameroon's sole refinery to process the heavy crude that Cameroon produces, not just light grades that it imports.
  • Cegelec, an international group providing technological services to companies and public authorities, has signed a turnkey contract (EPCC) with Cameroon’s Société Nationale de Raffinage (Sonara) to upgrade the management system and replace the instrumentation and control systems at the country’s sole refinery.

Other Information

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  • 1981 Refinery Commissioned

Relevant Links

  1. Information from Mbendi
  2. Sonara refinery upgrade in Cameroon
  3. Cameroon to upgrade oil refinery to run its own crude

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