Research Center Oran, Algeria

A refined plan

The main purpose of the new research centre in Oran, Algeria's second largest city, is to support research into the processing of oil and natural gas. The aim is to increase the proportion of refined oil and natural gas products in comparison with the raw materials produced in Algeria. The owner of the research centre is "Sonatrach Aval", a state-owned oil and natural gas company which is the largest business of its kind in Africa.

The technologically sophisticated centre houses extensive laboratory facilities and pilot plants for all areas of petrochemical research. It also includes offices, areas for general communications and lounges, and an auditorium seating 300 people as well as a cafeteria and an extensive computer centre. In addition to the application of technical know-how, communication was the key success factor in this project: KREBS+KIEFER managed and coordinated the technical and personal cooperation between the Algerian owner Sonatrach, the Egyptian general contractor Orascom, the French project managers IFP and the German planning team.


  • General planning
  • Design planning
  • Structural Engineering
  • Tender & Contracting