The Assiut National Oil Processing Co (ANOPC) subsidiary of Egyptian refinery Assiut Oil Refining Co (Asorc) has awarded a four-year project management consultancy (PMC) contract to Australia’s WorleyParsons for a new hydrocracker alongside its 90,000 b/d refinery at Assiut, built around 320km south of Cairo in the Nile Valley.

The plant will process up to 2.5mn t/y (45,600 b/d) of heavy fuel oil from the refinery to give badly needed lighter products including diesel and gasoline....