Equatorial Guinea picks KBR for refinery -official

CAPE TOWN, Sept 28 Tue Sep 28, 2010 6:02am EDT

CAPE TOWN, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Equatorial Guinea has picked U.S. engineering firm KBR Inc (KBR.N) to design a planned 20,000 barrel per day oil refinery, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

The African nation expects to conclude negotiations with KBR by around the end of this year and open up construction bids for the refinery by the second-half of next year, Gabriel Obiang Lima, minister delegate for mines, industry and energy, told reporters on the sidelines of a conference in South Africa. (Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Writing by David Dolan)

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