The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources is conducting expansion work in Middle East Oil Refinery (MIDOR) to increase its refining capacity by 60,000 barrel per day (b/d) once the expansion maintenance is finalized.

The expansion will boost MIDOR’s production to around 160,000 b/d, which will cover a huge part of the petroleum products’ demands of the Egyptian different sectors without importing, the Ministry’s First Undersecretary, Mohamed Taher, told Amwal Al Ghad.

The oil and gas sector has a plan to develop different refineries during fiscal year 2017/2018, which will achieve the sector’s vision to reach fuel self-sufficiency in 2 years.

Currently, Egypt imports large amounts of petroleum products in order to cover local fuel demands as the country’s production is unable to fill the gap between supply an demand.