ERC is a state-of-the-art USD 4.3 billion greenfield petroleum refinery, Egypt’s largest PPP infrastructure megaproject and the largest private sector-led infrastructure megaproject in Africa that has been developed with the cooperation of a broad spectrum of debt and equity investors led by Qalaa Holdings.

ERC, Egypt’s largest PPP infrastructure megaproject, is a pivotal import substitution project that will bolster Egypt’s energy security and provide environmentally friendly fuel for sustainable economic growth.

ERC is converting lowest value fuel oil into middle and light distillates that are meeting domestic consumption needs and eliminating 186,000 tons of Egypt’s annual sulfur dioxide emissions or c. 29% of Egypt’s present-day total, and improving the quality of the national refined products supply.

In June 2012, ERC reached financial close on the equity and debt components of project financing. Qalaa Holdings invested in the project alongside Gulf and international investors, global export credit agencies and development finance institutions. Construction began in 2014, with the consortium of GS Engineering & Construction Corp. and Mitsui & Co. Ltd acting as the contractor for the project. The project has generated more than 18,000 jobs at peak construction, and 1,000 permanent positions.

The Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) and Cairo Oil Refinery Company
(CORC), the nation’s largest refinery with 20% of Egypt’s current refining capacity, is providing fuel oil as feedstock for ERC. ERC has the capacity to produce 4.7 million tons of refined products per year, including 2.3 million tons of Euro V diesel, representing 30-40% of Egypt’s current imports and 600,000 tons of jet fuel. Liquid stock products are being sold to EGPC at international prices under a 25-year off-take agreement.

As an import substitution project delivering diesel and other high-value products to EGPC at the heart of the consumption market in Greater Cairo, ERC is strategically important to Egypt’s energy security. 

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