The coordinator of the demining executive committee, Faustina Alves - also minister of Social Action, Family and Promotion of Women - delivered the guarantee and control certificate in the presence of the chairman of the Board of Directors of Sonangol, Sebastião Gaspar Martins.
The head of the national oil company considered this one of the most important stages in the construction project for the new refinery.
It is recalled that the start of construction of the infrastructure would be scheduled for the end of last month. Despite the still small delay, with this act, the works may start at any time.
About 330 hectares of land were cleared in seven months, advances Angop, by a team composed of personnel from the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) and the National Demining Institute (INAD). In the end, eight unexploded ordnance, three anti-personnel mines, seven different ammunition and 5318 different metals were removed. The cost of this operation exceeded 53 million kwanzas.
Located 30 kilometers north of the city of Cabinda, the refinery will have a refining capacity of 60 thousand barrels of oil per day, and its construction will be held in stages.
The first phase (scheduled to end in 2021) should implement a capacity to refine 30,000 barrels per day. The second phase will increase the refining capacity to the maximum (60 thousand barrels / day) and will allow the reforming of the naphtha obtained in the gasoline distillation process. In the third phase, diesel / diesel will also be produced.
In this way, and with all phases successfully concluded, it is estimated that at the end of 2023 the Cabinda Refinery will be able to supply the national market with diesel / diesel fuel for aircraft and naphtha, contributing significantly to the supply of the domestic market and to boosting exports.
The total investment in the project will exceed US $ 500 million, with the refinery able to generate around 1500 direct and indirect jobs.