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Sat, 31 Oct 2020 12:05 - Updated Sat, 31 Oct 2020 12:05

Construction of Cabinda Refinery under public consultation

Luanda - The project under construction of the Cabinda Refinery, which plans to process 70,000 barrels of crude oil/day, is under public consultation, by specialists from the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Environment and private individuals, for studies on the assessment of environmental and social impact.

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The public consultation, which brought together, in Cabinda, specialists from different areas and representatives of the government, served to present the project, its stages of development and the dissemination of the actions carried out around the environmental impact study (EIA).

According to a note from Sonangol to which Angop had access, expectations and concerns from the communities regarding their interaction with the project were also presented during the event.

The Angolan Executive predicts that the construction of the Cabinda Refinery will reduce the dependence on the import of refined products and will be boosted and stimulated the economic and social growth of the province and the country, through the generation of jobs and income.

The contract will include three phases, in terms of construction, and the first phase is expected to start in the first quarter of 2022, when the Cabinda Refinery will be in a position to cover fuel demand in the country.

The second phase will end in the second quarter of 2023 and the third, and last phase, in the second quarter of 2024.

The project will cover a total area of ​​313 hectares, but in the first phase it will occupy only 30 hectares, according to the note.

The land on which the project is planned is 3.8 kilometers from the nearest village (Malembo), thus guaranteeing safety and the environment.

After public consultation, the next step is to obtain an Environmental License, issued by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Environment.

Representatives from the Refining and Petrochemical Unit (UNRP), from GEMCORP (investor company), from SOAPRO (environmental consultant) intervened in this event.

In addition to the Cabinda Refinery, others are underway in Luanda and Lobito, which will guarantee the processing of 360,000 barrels of crude oil/day, after the startup of the Soyo industrial unit, Zaire.

The amount corresponds to 80% of imported refined products.

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