La Rabida Huelva Refinery Project

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Summary Information

The Project

  • Project Type: Expansion and Upgrade
  • Project Summary:
  • Main Contractors
    • Foster Wheeler:
      • Detailed engineering of new crude, vacuum and gas recovery units
      • Front-end engineering design (FEED) and early procurement services for new crude, vacuum and gas concentration units
      • Design, material supply, construction, and erection of a new crude heater, a new vacuum heater and a combustion air preheater system
    • Intecsa: Complete utilities and offsite
    • UOP: Licences including two Merox™ process units, a Unionfining™ process unit and a Unicracking™ (hydrocracking) process unit
    • Technip: - Hydrogen Unit

Refining Units

  • Crude Distillation - 90,000 bbl/day
  • Vacuum Distillation - 30,500 bbl/day
  • Gas recovery unit
  • Two Merox™ process units,
  • A Unionfining™ process unit (Distillate Desulphurisation)
  • A Unicracking™ process unit (Hydrocracker)
  • Hydrogen Unit - Technip

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

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Products Produced

  • In particular production of diesel and jet fuel will be increased.


  • 2006 - UOP awarded licences for 8 units
  • 2007 - Foster Wheeler awarded detailed engineering contract
  • 2007 - Technip awarded licence for hydrogen unit

Other Information

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Relevant Links

  1. Refinery Webpage
  2. La Rabida Refinery Operations
  3. Refinery Flowchart
  4. UOP To Supply Technology For Eight Process Units For Expansion Of CEPSA’s La Rábida Refinery In Spain
  5. Foster Wheeler Awarded Contract by CEPSA for Fired Heaters in Spanish Refinery
  6. Foster Wheeler Awarded FEED Contract by Cepsa for New Refinery Units in Spain
  7. Foster Wheeler Awarded Contract by CEPSA for New Refinery Units in Spain
  8. Technip awarded contract for hydrogen plant in Spain
  9. Offsites & Utilities - Refinery Expansion
  10. Hydrogen Plant Commissioning & Startups

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