Pointe-Noire refinery project still in limbo
The modular refinery project, promoted by a debt-ridden Chinese businessman, has made no progress for over a year.
Congo's new hydrocarbon's minister Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua has issued his first accreditation to the firm Atlantique Pétrochimie, the BFDI subsidiary that is supposed to be constructing the Pointe-Noire refinery. But since the laying of the cornerstone in February, the works have been at a standstill.
Chinese firm BFDI is busy obtaining the necessary authorisations to begin building an oil refinery in Pointe-Noire, a project the Congolese government first tried to set up in 2014 before its American investors pulled out.