Cartagena Reficar Refinery Project
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Summary Information

  • Ownership: Ecopetrol / Glencore
  • Website:
  • Wiki Page: Cartagena Reficar Refinery
  • Location: Mamonal of the Cartagena Bay, 30 minutes to the west of the Cartagena city on the northern coast of Colombia.
  • Capacity:
    • Before: 4.0 million tons/annum & 78,000 bbl/day
    • After: 8.25 million tons/annum & 165,000 bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity:
  • Project Stage: Planning
  • Expected Completion: 2013
  • Budget: $1.4 Billion (This is however unrealistic)

The Project

  • Project Type: Greenfield Refinery, Plus revamping of existing plant
  • Project Summary:
    • The construction of a new refinery, with processing capacity of 165,000 barrels per day, is adjacent to REFICAR's refinery in Cartagena
    • The project includes revamping the existing 78,000 barrel per day refinery.
    • The overall project will relieve regional refining constraints and will enable REFICAR to produce clean, ultra-low sulfur gasoline and diesel from heavy crude.
  • Main Contractors:
    • CB&I: EPC, engineering, procurement services and construction
    • Foster Wheeler: Project Management Consultant
    • Kentz: Electrical and instrumentation installation works
  • Licences:
    • Merichem: LPG, Kerosene and Naphtha treatment

Refining Units

  • Crude and Vacuum Distillation
  • Fluid Catalytic Cracker
  • Naphtha Hydrotreater
  • Diesel Hydrotreater
  • Hydrocracker
  • Hydrogen Plant
  • Sulfur Plant
  • Delayed Coker
  • HF Alkylation,
  • C4 Isomerization
  • Power Generation
  • Offsites and Utilities

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • Heavy & sour domestic crude

Products Produced

  • -


  • 2003 - Technip awarded basic design
  • 2009 - CBI awarded EPC contract
  • 2009 - Foster Wheeler awarded Project Management Consultant contract
  • 2010 - Merichem technologies chosen

Other Information

  • The Export-Import Bank of the United States granted a $2.84 billion direct loan/loan guarantee package for the project

Relevant Links

  1. Refinery Webpage
  2. The Cartagena Refinery Development Master Plan
  3. Technip-Coflexip wins a basic design/PMC contract for a refinery project in Colombia
  4. Foster Wheeler Serves as REFICAR's PMC for REFICAR Refinery Project in Colombia
  5. CB&I Awarded REFICAR Refinery Project in Colombia
  6. REFICAR Selects Merichem technologies for treatment of LPG, Jet Fuel, and Spent Caustic
  7. Ex-Im Bank Gives Preliminary OK For $2.8 Billion Export Financing For Colombian Refinery Project
  8. Environmental and Social Due Diligence: Reficar Cartagena Refinery Expansion, Colombia
  9. Kentz consortium awarded US$58m contract in Colombia by CB&I

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