As 2019 Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum opens opportunity for African countries to do business with Russian government and their companies, Cameroonian officials reached out to Russian oil companies for the reconstruction of Sonara, whose Limbe headquarters caught fire on May 31, 2019.
Business In Cameroon reported that For the time being, there is not much information on the companies contacted but, sources indicate that they are large groups. The company chosen could thus be among three of the largest Russian companies already operating in Africa (Rosneft, Lukoil, and Gazprom).
The officials also contacted Russian traders for the importation of fuel, at competitive prices, to make up for the production shutdown.
The May 31, 2019 fire totally destroyed 4 of Sonara’s 13 production units and partially burnt 3. According to its managing director, Jean Paul Njonou, the fire burnt more than 10 million litres of crude. It is not sure whether the refinery’s reconstruction will be completed before 2021.