19 July 2012 14:44 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Foster Wheeler announced on Wednesday that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract to provide engineering, procurement services and construction management for PDVSA's El Palito refinery expansion project in ?xml:namespace>
Financial details of the contract were not disclosed.
Foster Wheeler will execute the project in consortium with
The Switzerland-headquartered petrochemical engineering firm and its consortium partners have previously completed the front-end engineering design for the project, which is expected to be completed during 2016.
The company said the expansion of the refinery will include a number of new units, including a 140,000 barrels per stream day (BPSD) crude/vacuum distillation unit, a 24,500 BPSD naphtha hydrotreating/continuous catalytic reformer complex, a 58,000 BPSD vacuum gasoil hydrotreater, and a 45,000 BPSD diesel hydrotreater.
The expansion also includes an 80m standard cubic feet/day hydrogen production unit, a 250 tonnes/day sulphur recovery/tail gas treatment unit, a new flare system, amine regeneration and sour water stripper facilities, and relevant utilities, interconnecting and off-sites, including marine facilities and a new product storage tank farm.
BPSD is the amount of oil product produced during a continuous operation for 24 hours by a single refining unit.
Foster Wheeler said 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.
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