Sonatrach says international contractors are lining up for refining projects expected to cost $6bn. Meanwhile, road fuel consumption has declined after price hikes.

State petroleum firm Sonatrach says it has attracted interest from 49 international firms for four refining projects worth a combined $6bn. The projects are part of a refining expansion intended “to stop importing refined products by 2018,” according to a Reuters report citing a company source.

The four projects are...