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Summary Information

  • Ownership: Sonangol
  • Website: http://www.sonangol.co.ao/
  • Wiki Page: Lobito Refinery
  • Location: About 8 km north of Lobito, Benguela, Angola
  • Capacity: 10.0 million tons/annum & 200,000 bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity:
  • Project Stage: Engineering
  • Expected Completion: Commissioning is expected in 2018
  • Budget:

The Project

  • Project Type: Greenfield
  • Project Summary: The refinery will be a medium to large sized plant, with high complexity.
  • Main Contractors:
    • KBR: FEED
    • KBR: License and engineering services for grassroots FCC and Hydroprocessing technologies

Refining Units

  • Atmospheric Distillation
  • Vacuum Distillation
  • FCC
  • Hydrocracker
  • Diesel Hydrotreating (DHT)
  • Kerosene Hydrotreating (KHT)

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • The refinery will process acid Angolan crudes (high percentage of TAN) and heavy crudes such as Kuito Crude and Dalia Crude

Products Produced

  • Unleaded gasoline, diesel, jet fuel (Jet1), illuminant oil, LPG and limited quantities of sulfur and petrocoke.
  • The specifications of the products processed will match those of the export target markets which include Europe and the USA.


  • 2007 - Sinopec drops out of project
  • 2008 - KBR awarded FEED contract
  • 2009 - KBR wins unit licence contracts
  • 2013 - Sonangol chooses Standard Chartered Bank for financial consulting
  • 2014 - Sonangol and China Development Bank signed financing agreement

Other Information

  • Construction is expected to start in 2015

Relevant Links

  1. Project Information from Sonangol
  2. Sonaref Project, Downstream Today
  3. KBR Awarded Lobito Refinery FEED Contract by Sonangol, E.P.
  4. KBR Awarded FCC and Hydroprocessing Technology Contract for Sonangol, E.P. Refinery
  5. Construction project Lobito Refinery: Hiring Financial Advisor
  6. Sonangol and China Development Bank signed important financing agreement

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