Egyptian Refinery Company is building new hydrocracker and vacuum distillation units at the existing Mostorod refinery.

Mostorod New Refinery Project Profile                                                                                           
Owner Egyptian Refining Company
Country Egypt
Sector Oil
Value ($m) 3,500
Contractor(s) Mitsui & Company
  GS Engineering & Construction
Consultant(s)                         WorleyParsons
Main contract award 2007
Completion date 2016

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Project description:

Egyptian Refinery Company (ERC) is building new 40,000 barrel-a-day (b/d) hydrocracker and 80,000 b/d vacuum distillation units at the existing Mostorod refinery, 10 kilometres north of Egypt’s capital.

The new units will share facilities with the existing 142,000 b/d Mostorod refinery, which is operated by Cairo Oil Refining Company (CORC) and has been operational since 1969. The development is part of a broader scheme to increase and update Egypt’s refining capacity and reduce its fuel import bill. The idea behind the scheme, which will be built out from the site of the existing facility, is to produce lighter refined products, such as diesel, jet fuel, kerosene and naphtha.

The new refinery will produce 2 million tonnes a year (t/y) of high-quality diesel.

Once comissioned, it will have an annual capacity is 4.2 million tonnes of refined products. This includes 2.3 million tonnes a year (t/y) of diesel, 600,000 t/y of gasoline and 700,000 t/y of jet fuel.

Project consultant is Australia’s WorleyParsons and the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, worth $1.8bn, was awarded to Japan’s Mitsui & Co and South Korea’s GS Engineering & Construction in August, 2007.

ERC will buy fuel from state-owned Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation(EGPC), but will also sell its refined products back to EGPC at international prices, under a 25-year agreement.

To help attract financing, EGPC entered into a public-private partnership (PPP) agreement with ERC, and it is backed by $1.1bn of equity. The investors that have taken stakes in ERC comprise:

  • Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation ($270m invested for 23.8 per cent ownership)
  • Qatar Petroleum International ($362m; 27.9 per cent)
  • Citadel Capital ($155m; 11.7 per cent)
  • International Finance Corporation ($85m; 6.4 per cent)
  • Holland’s development bank FMO ($29m; 2.2 per cent)
  • Germany’s investment firm DEG ($26m; 2 per cent)
  • The InfraMed Fund ($100m; 7.5 per cent)
  • Others (18.5 per cent)

It also has a debt equity package worth $2.6bn, which was secured in August 2010. Of that, $2.35bn is senior debt and $225m subordinated debt. The package was organised by Japan’s Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, with participating banks including Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (both Japan), the Export-Import Bank of Korea (South Korea), the European Investment Bank and the African Development Bank.

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