Tunisia Opens Tender for Construction of Refinery
According to anba: The government of Tunisia has opened an international build, own and operate (BOO) tender for an oil refinery close to the La Skhira oil terminal, around 340 kilometres away from Tunis, the Tunisian capital. The information was disclosed by the Tunisian embassy in Brazilian capital Bras?lia. The Ministry of Industry, Energy and Small and Medium Enterprises of the Arab country is inviting foreign companies interested in participating in the tender for pre-qualification for the bid. The minimum refining capacity will be 120,000 barrels a day. The company chosen will have the right to exploration of the plant for a period of at least 30 years. The project, called La Skhira Refinery, is the first turned to the private sector in Tunisia and should be designed and realized in conformity with international petroleum standards (US and European). The site disposes of infrastructure for refined product storage and has a crude oil pipeline. The plot of land, which will have an area of approximately 100 hectares, is located close to the European continent, which is one of the largest importers in the world and has a deficit in oil products. La Skhira port terminal may receive tankers with a capacity of up to 120,000 tons and may store 350,000 tons of crude oil. The terminal mostly receives vessels that transport oil between Tunisia and In Amenas, in Algeria. The daily capacity of the pipeline that connects In Amenas to La Skhira is 38,000 tonnes a day. In 2004, Tunisia produced 3.4 million tonnes of crude oil.