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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%)
  • Website:
  • Wiki Page: Limbe Refinery
  • Location: Cape Lemboh Limbe, Cameroon
  • Capacity: million tons/annum & bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity:
  • Project Stage: Contracts Awarded June 2010
  • Expected Completion:
  • Budget:

The Project

  • Project Type: Expansion & Upgrade
  • Project Summary:
    • Phase 1 includes the revamp of the existing crude distillation unit, addition of a new vacuum distillation unit, new catalytic reformer unit, and power generation and associated offsites and utilities facilities.
    • This project is of significant strategic importance for Cameroon, allowing the Limbé Refinery to process local crude and condensate while increasing processing capacity and improving overall refinery utilization.
  • Main Contractors: Foster Wheeler

Refining Units

  • Crude distillation unit, Revamp of existing unit
  • Vacuum distillation unit,
  • Catalytic reformer unit

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • Following the upgrade, the refinery will process local crude and condensate rather than imported crude

Products Produced

  • -

Other Information

  • Sonara oil refinery, will receive 75 billion CFA francs ($164 million) from eight banks to fund its expansion
  • The lenders include U.K.-based Standard Chartered Plc (STAN), Societe Generale (GLE) SA’s unit in Cameroon, Lome-based Banque Atlantique and Commercial Bank Cameroon

Relevant Links

  1. Foster Wheeler Awarded Refinery Upgrade and Modernization Contract for SONARA, Cameroon
  2. Sonara refinery upgrade in Cameroon
  3. Cameroon to upgrade oil refinery to run its own crude
  4. Cameroon’s Sonara Refinery Gets $164 Million for Expansion

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