Sonara plans refinery upgrade in Cameroon

Cameroon’s Societe Nationale de Raffinage (Sonara) has hired Cegelec, Saint-Denis, France, to upgrade the management system and replace instrumentation and controls at the country’s 37,000-b/d refinery at Cape Lemboh Limbe.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, May 20
-- Cameroon’s Societe Nationale de Raffinage (Sonara) has hired Cegelec, Saint-Denis, France, to upgrade the management system and replace instrumentation and controls at the country’s 37,000-b/d refinery at Cape Lemboh Limbe.

Most of the plant’s equipment, said the Cegelec announcement, dates from the late 1970s.

Under the €25 million contract, work will cover 18 months to replace the pneumatics found in most of the refinery’s 22 units with numeric controls and a safety programmable logic controller to improve supervision and safety.

The units will be operated from a new blast-proof control room. After performing the architectural and ergonomic design for the control room in 2008, Cegelec says, it received a contract late last year to manage and supervise its construction.

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