El Palito Refinery
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Summary Information

  • Ownership: PDVSA
  • Website: http://www.pdvsa.com/
  • Location: Caribbean coast , Venezuela
  • Capacity: 6.5 million tons/annum & 135,000 bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity:
  • Refining Depth:

Brief Description

  • A medium sized medium complexity refinery with a high gasoline yield

Refining Units

  • Atmospheric Distillation
  • Vacuum Distillation, 48,000 bpd
  • Fluidised Catalytic Cracker, 60,000 bpd
  • Vacuum gasoil desulphurisation unit, 28,000 b/d
  • Alkylation Unit

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • Domestic crude oils

Products Produced

  • LPG, Gasoline, Diesel

Ongoing Projects

  • The El Palito refinery is to be expanded to 280,000 barrels a day and upgraded to be able to process crude from the Orinoco heavy crude belt
  • See El Palito Refinery Expansion Project for details

Other Information

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  • 1960 - The El Palito refinery started operations with a crude processing capacity of 55 000 barrels per day
  • 2002 - Toyo was awarded a contract to increase capacity of the FCC unit and the Alkylation unit
  • 2005 - Project launched to increase gasoline production
  • 2005 - Expansion project announced
  • 2011 - Fire in FCC unit

Relevant Links

  1. PDVSA Restarts FCC Unit At Its El Palito Refinery In Venezuela
  2. El Palito, Entrepreneur
  3. TEC was awarded a contract for refinery capacity increase for Venezuela
  4. Preventive stop takes place in El Palito Refinery
  5. Technip Venezuela References
  6. El Palito Refinery revamps its gasoline treatment plant
  7. El Palito Refinery began the expansion of the refining system
  8. El Palito refinery FCC Back Online after Fire
  9. Financial resources secured to expand the capacity of El Palito and Puerto La Cruz refineries

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