Colombia Ecopetrol to start maintenance at refinery

18 October 2012 16:34  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Ecopetrol’s Barrancabermeja refinery, the largest in Colombia, will start a 35-day turnaround, the company said on Thursday.

The turnaround, on the cracking Orthoflow plant, will begin on 19 October, Ecopetrol said. The Orthoflow plant produces 22% of the daily gasoline production of the refinery.

The maintenance shutdown is the eighth this year at the refinery, the company said.

The maintenance will include work on the converter, maintenance on 63 interchanges, three towers, 25 drums, one tank and tubing, according to Ecopetrol.

The Barrancabermeja complex includes four catalytic cracking units, two polyethylene and alkylation plants, sulphuric acid, paraffin and aromatic plants, according to Ecopetrol.

The complex produces 75% of the domestic supply of gasoline, fuel oil and diesel, as well as 70% of petrochemical products circulating in the domestic market, according to the company.

The complex has an ethylene capacity of 120,000 tonnes/year, according to ICIS plants and projects.

By: Leela Landress
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