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Doubling capacity at the El Palito Refinery, Venezuela

Amec Foster Wheeler executing the EPCm, in consortium with Toyo Engineering Corporation from Japan and Y & V Ingeniería y Construcción from Venezuela, for the major El Palito Refinery Expansion in Venezuela. 

This major expansion of the refinery includes a number of new units:
  • 140,000 barrels per stream day (bpsd) crude/vacuum distillation unit
  • 24,500 bpsd naphtha hydrotreating/continuous catalytic reformer complex
  • 58,000 bpsd vacuum gasoil hydrotreater
  • 45,000 bpsd diesel hydrotreater
  • 80 million standard cubic feet per day hydrogen production unit
  • 250 tonnes per day sulphur recovery/tail gas treatment unit
  • New flare system, amine regeneration and sour water stripper facilities
  • Relevant utilities, interconnecting and off-sites, including marine facilities and a new product storage tank farm
“The expansion is intended to double the refinery’s capacity to 280,000 bpsd, processing heavy and extra-heavy crudes from the Orinoco Belt, and increasing production of clean fuels.”

We have previously designed and built several units at the existing refinery.
Location:El Palito, Venezuela
Client:PDVSA
Scope:Engineering, project management, construction management (EPCm)
Date:2012 - ongoing