By: Chanel Pringle
22nd May 2009
Plans to build a $5-billion oil refinery in Mozambique’s Nampula province were continuing, US firm Ayr Logistics president Philip Harris confirmed to Engineering News Online on Friday.
This followed earlier media reports that a South African investor had pulled out of the project and thereby forced it to come to a halt.
Agence France-Presse had quoted the Mozambican Noticias newspaper as saying that the economic crisis had prompted South African construction firm Group Five to withdraw from the project.
However, Harris said the project was “absolutely” going ahead, adding that the company was finalising all matters in preparation for the start of the project.
He said that its prime contractor, Group Five, was currently in the process of determining which company it would use to undertake the technical design of the project.
The proposed refinery was expected to produce 300 000 bbl/d of refined fuel when it was brought into operation in 2015.