Indian firm wins $1.2bn Sudan refinery

India's Oil and Natural Gas Corp has awarded contract

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By  David Robinson Published  February 3, 2005

India's Oil and Natural Gas Corp has been awarded a contract to build a US$1.2 billion oil refinery in Sudan, Sudanese Minister of Energy and Mining Awad Ahmad Al Jazz said yesterday. "We had previously awarded the work of building a 100,000 barrels per day refinery at Port Sudan to Malaysian firms but the project could not take off. Now Oil and Natural Gas Corp [ONGC] has been mandated to build the refinery," Al Jazz was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India news agency. Sudan wants to build the refinery mainly for export of petroleum products to south and east African countries, he said. State-run ONGC will build the refinery, which will refine Nile Blend crude oil produced in southern Sudan, on a build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis, the report said. The Indian company will take 32 months to build the refinery from the date of final signing of the agreement, it said. Sudan has also mandated ONGC to build a US$200 million multi-product export pipeline from the Khartoum refinery to Port Sudan on the Red Sea, 740 km away. "Work on the pipeline began last week and is expected to be completed by August 2005," Al Jazz was quoted as saying

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