On June 29th, TechnipEnergies Country Director for Senegal, Franck Pliya, announced the holding of the last Steering Committee meeting of the ACATBS project at the SAR Refinery in Dakar.
The contractor had been involved in a significant upgrade and expansion of the refinery over the past months, which culminated in a facility shutdown in Q1 this year to synchronise several new units.
The ACATBS project (projet d’Augmentation de Capacité et d’Adaptation des unités pour le Traitement du Brut Sénégalais) notably targeted the expansion of the refinery’s capacity from 1.2m to 1.5m tonnes per year (tpy). It consisted of the installation of a pre-flash column to increase production capacity by 30%, and the extension of the reforming unit to enable the processing of domestic crude oil from the Sangomar offshore field, where first oil is expected in 2023.
“Through this project, we have achieved 1.2m hours without accident, remained on budget, and managed to ensure an 80% participation from Senegalese companies with a local workforce of over 500 mobilised on site during the peak of the project,” Franck Pliya wrote.
SAR mostly imports crude oil from Nigeria (especially Erha and Bonny Light) before refining it for distribution in Senegal and the landlocked subregion, especially in Mali. Its facilities include distillation units, a catalytic reformer and a MEROX unit to treat kerosene. The facility was initially commissioned in 1963 and is owned at 46% by the state-owned national oil company PETROSEN.
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