Hanha Do Norte (lobito) — The governor of central Benguela province Armando da Cruz Neto Monday here asked the Angolan vice president Manuel Domingos Vicente to transmit the satisfaction and thanks of the local population to the head of State for choosing Lobito to host the country's new oil refinery.
This was during the presentation of the SORNEF (Lobito Refinery) Project, which took place as part of the formal laying of the foundation stone for the construction of the undertaking.
According to the governor, Benguelans are jumping with joy at the various advantages resulting from the project.
"In the name of all, allow me to ask to transmit to Mr. president of the Republic our major gratitude for having decided to build this huge project in Benguela province," said the governor who added that "we are aware of the benefits it will generate, both in the construction phase and in the functioning."
Armando da Cruz Neto said the Lobito Refinery will boost the development of Angola as a whole, by animating the economy and attracting other businesses.
This, he added, will generate new jobs, improve the skills of the manpower and create new businesses, like those of supply of goods and services to the refinery, which will increase the attraction of taxes and mainly improve the living of the population of the neighbouring province.
According to him, the construction of the refinery adds to a number of structuring investments the Government is implementing in Benguela province, including the Catumbela International Airport, the rehabilitation, expansion and modernisation of the Lobito Port, the construction of the Mining Terminal, the rehabilitation of the Benguela Railway and now the much awaited refinery that will together lead the province into a strategic development within the context of Angola and Southern Africa.
The Lobito Refinery that will be built over the coming five to six years in the region of Morro Quileva, some 12 kilometres of Lobito, will process about 200,000 barrels of crude oil a day.