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Oil pipeline to link Zambia to Angola's Lobito Refinery

A memorandum of understanding on oil and gas signed by Zambia and Angola could result in the construction of an oil pipeline between the two countries, costing an estimated USD$5 billion.

The document was signed by Energy Minister Matthew Nkuwa and Angola’s Minister of Mineral and Oil Resources Diamantino Azevedo. The two ministers stressed the urgency of building the AZOP project (Angola Zambia Oil Pipeline) linking the Lobito Refinery with the city of Lusaka.

The pipeline, Nkuwa said, as well as facilitating the supply of oil products from the Lobito Refinery will also pave the way for further economic integration of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries.

The Angolan minister recalled the ongoing construction of the Lobito and Cabinda refineries and the recovery and modernisation of the Luanda refinery, which together will increase Angolan refining capacity to around 300,000 barrels per day.

Also on Monday the Angolan delegation met with the promoters of the AZOP project and were given details about the challenges and advantages of it, if it becomes a reality. 

The minister of energy says government will announce an equity partner in the Indeni refinery before the end of November in order to recapitalise the refinery plant.