El Palito Refinery Expansion Project
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Summary Information

  • Ownership: PDVSA
  • Website: http://www.pdvsa.com/
  • Wiki Page: El Palito Refinery
  • Location: Venezuela
  • Capacity:
    • Before: 7.0 million tons/annum & 140,000 bbl/day
    • After: 14.0 million tons/annum & 280,000 bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity:
  • Project Stage: FEED awarded (2012)
  • Expected Completion: 2016
  • Budget:

The Project

  • Project Type: Expansion & Upgrade
  • Project Summary: This project is aiming to double the production capacity of the refinery by building a new facility to make the most of the heavy crude oil abundantly produced from the Orinoco Belt of the country. The new refinery processes heavy crude oil (140,000 BPSD) and part of the products from the existing refinery (140,000 BPSD) is to be further treated in the new refinery as well.
  • Main Contractors:
    • TOYO / FW / Y&V:
      • Front End Engineering Design (FEED)
      • Engineering, procurement services and construction management (EPCm)
    • Vepica: Basic and detailed engineering

Refining Units

  • Atmospheric Distillation,
  • Vacuum Distillation,
  • Hydrotreating,
  • Continuous Catalyst Regeneration,
  • Sulfur Recovery,
  • Hydrogen Production

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • The new facility will process heavy crude oil produced from the Orinoco Belt

Products Produced

  • -


  • 2011 - Financing deal signed with Japan
  • 2012 - TOYO awarded Front End Engineering Design (FEED) contract

Other Information

  • Financing is to be provided by JBIC

Relevant Links

  1. Vepica Refinery Project References
  2. Financial resources secured to expand the capacity of El Palito and Puerto La Cruz refineries
  3. Japan provides new funding to Venezuela for a billion dollars for oil projects
  4. Award for Large Scale Refinery Modernization Project in Venezuela
  5. Foster Wheeler Receives EPCm Award for El Palito Refinery Expansion in Venezuela

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