Venezuela PDVSA seeks to boost industrial petcoke usage

01 November 2013 22:47  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) is exploring ways to increase the industrial usage of domestically produced petroleum coke (petcoke), the state-run oil and gas company said on Friday.

The proposal was put forward by Josefina Salazar, president of PDVSA Intevep, the company said in a statement. Intevep is PDVSA’s research and development arm.

Petcoke, a by-product derived from refinery coking units or other cracking processes, could be used to generate electricity and manufacture cement, PDVSA said.

In addition, petcoke derived from the flexicoker unit at the company’s Amuay refinery could be leached to obtain ferrovanadium and nickel – products that the South American country currently imports.  

Venezuela produces around 20,000 tonnes/day of petcoke, second only to the US in volume terms, according to PDVSA.

By: Simon West

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