The Tamoil Groupis to supply Morocco with up to 35,000 tonnes of gas oil, in the first confirmed deal following the country's urgent appeal for oil products (MEED 28:11:02). Mohammedia refinery, which provides 80 per cent of Morocco's oil products, was put out of action by a serious fire on 25 November, caused by the flooding that has hit the country in the last two weeks (MEED 26:11:02). Tamoil is to provide between 25,000 and 35,000 tonnes of Libyan grade 0.2 gas oil, which will be delivered by mid December.
The refinery's operator Societe Anonyme Marocaine de l'Industrie de Raffinage (Samir)said on 28 November that it would bring back on stream 60 per cent of the refinery's output capacity of 125,000 barrels a day (b/d) within the next 10 days. However managing director Abderrahmane Saadi told reporters that from when the repair work on the refinery begins in January it will take between eight months and a year to restore full capacity. The refinery had been planning an expansion and upgrade (MEED 25:10:02).