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Saipem was awarded a new contract for the FEED work for Uganda’s planned refinery in Hoima. The award was made by the Albertine Graben Refinery Consortium (AGRC), a consortium composed of Baker Hughes General Electric (BHGE), YAATRA Africa, LionWorks Group and Saipem SpA.
The FEED contract follows on from a previous Project Framework Agreement signed in
April 2018 between AGRC, the Ugandan Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) and Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC).
The refinery has a designed capacity of 60,000 bpd and will ensure a hub for refined products to the East African market. It will also aid in the promotion of local content as it will use Ugandan vendors and personnel beginning from the FEED phase.
According to Saipem the contract sees an important positioning for it in East Africa, a geographical area where the company has no consolidated markets, which traditionally have been located in North Africa and central West Africa (i.e. Nigeria, the Congo and Angola).