Sonatrach has awarded engineering contracts for two projects to provide badly needed upgrading capacity at Algeria’s largest refinery. It is also planning an MTBE project.

Algeria’s Sonatrach is beginning to address an urgent need for upgrading capacity at its existing refineries, which has led to imports of both gasoline and diesel since 2012 despite total refining capacity exceeding domestic demand.

This week Sonatrach signed contracts worth a total €15.5mn ($16.2mn)...