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Providing a major expansion to a refinery in El Palito

We are the EPCm contractor, in consortium with Toyo Engineering Corporation from Japan and Y & V Ingeniería y Construcción from Venezuela for this major expansion. We also delivered the Front-End Engineering and Design.

This major expansion is intended to double the refinery’s capacity to 280,000 bpsd, processing heavy and extra-heavy crude from the Orinoco Belt, and increasing production of clean fuels. The project is expected to be completed during 2016.


This expansion of the refinery will include 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 sulfur 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

We have previously designed and built several units at the existing refinery.

Location:El Palito, Venezuela
Client:PDSVA
Scope:Engineering, procurement, and construction management
Date:2012