Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El Molla announced the start of the initial trials for the first phase of the Middle East Oil Refinery (MIDOR) expansion, the ministry said in a statement.

The first phase of the expansions includes a new butane treatment unit, an electric power station, water treatment facility to serve the expansion project that is currently in progress.

El Molla emphasized that the plan to increase the capacities of the existing refineries has completed a number of important projects within the ministry’s strategy to enhance refining capacities in Egypt to further secure the supply of petroleum products in the local market.

The fast pace at which these projects are being implemented is reflected in all investment-related indicators. This includes reducing imports, increasing locally produced quantities of petroleum products, and adding high-quality products to be pumped through the national fuel transportation network. It further gives strong indications that these petroleum projects are lucrative and attractive investment opportunities.

El Molla conducted an inspection tour of the site, during which he listened to a detailed explanation from MIDOR’s Chairman Jamal Al-Qaraish about the regularity of the workflow at the refinery and the progress of the expansion project.