The future of a much publicised refinery plant in the Cote d'Ivoire is in doubt, a project that could entail a variety of industrial gas consumption for refining processes, infrastructure development, and waste water treatment facilities.

The new Cote d'Ivoire Peace Refinery, proposed to be built in Abidjan, appears to be in jeopardy according to a report by Petroleum Africa. Although announced amidst a raft of publicity in 2007, just two years later and critical project finance is thought to be at risk.

According to reports, the government of Cote d’Ivoire is alleged to be stalling on crucial financial decisions for the planned refinery - with Chinese investors believed to be tiring of patience.

The project would see the construction of a second refinery in the port of Abidjan, also among the largest such facilities in West Africa and planned to be located on a 250-acre industrial site within the port town.

As well as consuming gases for the production of up to 100,000 bpd of export-quality petroleum products such as butane, gasoline, jet fuel, and diesel, the project would entail the development of related infrastructure such as a terminal and storage facility, a power plant, roads, transportation, and housing for employees.

In addition, an added gases growth driver could emerge through the implementation of water and waste water treatment facilities - often a user of oxygen, carbon dioxide for pH control, chlorine, sulphur dioxide, and ammonia.