Nicaragua Hires First Phase of Refinery Works

CAMC Engineering, from Mainland China, is the counterpart of a $233 million contract to build the basic storage infrastructure and the pipeline network.

Monday, April 30, 2012

The Chinese group CAMC Engineering Co., Ltd. (CAMCE) signed a memorandum of understanding for a joint venture with Alba de Nicaragua SA (Albanisa) – a Venezuelan oil importing company, to build the first phase of a refinery in Nicaragua, which will be called " El Supremo Sueño de Bolívar” (The Supreme Dream of Bolivar).

The announcement was made by Francisco Lopez, vice president of Albanisa and important aide to the Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. Lopez signed the agreement with the vice president of CAMCE, Shen Wei.

The investment for the construction of the first phase of the refinery will be worth $233 million. The total cost of the entire refinery is about $6 billion.

As reported by news agencies such as EFE and Reuters, "the Chinese company will build within 20 months and with a value of $183 million a terminal at the refinery, where storage tanks for gasoline, diesel, fuel oil or bunker fuel, gas and jet fuel will be installed. CAMCE also won the bidding for the 50 million dollar contract to build 3.8 kilometers of undersea pipeline that will serve to transport the fuel to storage tanks, said López."

According to the original plans, the refinery will have a capacity to refine150,000 barrels of oil a day, most of which must be exported to Central America.

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