Algeria’s Sonatrach Plans Partial Skikda Refinery Halt, IEA Says

Sonatrach, Algeria’s state oil company, will partly shut its 300,000 barrel-a-day Skikda refinery for repairs from March to August, according to the International Energy Agency.

The halt will increase the country’s need for gasoil imports while reducing naphtha exports, the Paris-based agency said today in its monthly report. The plant is expected to run at half capacity during the work, according to the report.

Sonatrach plans to import about 2 million metric tons of diesel in 2012, compared with 1.3 million tons last year, Yamina Hamdi, vice president of commercial activity at the company, said on Feb. 7.

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