Kongo Central: towards the revival of the oil refinery at SOCIR, according to Patrick Yala

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Kinshasa, August 8th, 2022 (CPA).- The provincial minister in charge of Hydrocarbons of Kongo Central, Patrick Yala Lemba visited the coastal city of Moanda on Friday at the headquarters of the Congolese Society of Industries and Refining (SOCIR S.A.). ), in order to revive the activities of refining of crude oil, storage of fuels and production of bitumen of this company, learned on Saturday the CPA of the said provincial ministry.

This visit of Minister Yala is consecutive to the will of the President of the Republic Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo expressed during the 61st meeting of the Council of Ministers.

To this end, the provincial minister held a working session in Zone B of this industrial complex where he felt the realities of this strategic enterprise with his fingertips, before criss-crossing Zone R, the space where the tanks sized for storage of petroleum products.

In order to contribute significantly to the economic growth of the DRC through the channel of this company, the provincial minister promised to submit the wishes expressed during his inspection mission to the provincial authority, Guy Bandu for the involvement of the provincial government.

The source notes that Chief Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo had pleaded for this revival, which according to him, should allow SOCIR SA to play its role not only in logistics but above all that of a crude oil refining plant, with a view to to ensure the supply of the national market in petroleum products.

Created in 1963, the company began its activities in 1968 as a mixed economy company. It is owned equally by the Congolese state (50%) and a private partner, the Italian multinational Eni. SOCIR has the storage capacity of 160,000 m3. The company does not refine crude. It is confined to fuel logistics (storage and transport). ACP/