Cameroon state oil refinery declares force majeure

Cameroon state oil refinery declares force majeure
An explosion hit Cameroon’s lone refinery on Friday night, causing serious damage. (Reuters)
Updated 01 June 2019

Cameroon state oil refinery declares force majeure

Cameroon state oil refinery declares force majeure
  • A storage tank exploded overnight, causing a fire that shut down output at its main refinery in Limbe but caused no deaths
  • Cameroon’s Sonara refinery, which is almost entirely state owned apart from a 4 percent stake held by Total, has a capacity of 2.1 million tons of crude a year

DOUALA: Cameroon’s state oil refinery declared force majeure on Saturday, after a storage tank exploded overnight, causing a fire that shut down output at its main refinery in Limbe but caused no deaths.
A letter to its partners seen by Reuters said the fire had “caused a production stoppage at all of our units for a period to be determined.”
Cameroon’s Sonara refinery, which is almost entirely state owned apart from a 4 percent stake held by Total, has a capacity of 2.1 million tons of crude a year. It serves the whole country, so any delay in getting it back up and running has the potential to cause severe fuel shortages.
It is also a major supplier to the region, including Nigeria, Togo and Ghana, with some products also being exported to the US and Europe, according to its website.
A Sonara spokesman declined to comment. On Twitter, the company wrote that “there were no deaths nor injured,” in the blast.
A project has been under way for nearly a decade to try to boost its capacity to 3.5 million tons, but Sonara has struggled to raise the needed finance.