La Rabida Refinery Project

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Summary Information

  • Ownership: Cepsa
  • Website:
  • Wiki Page La Rabida Refinery
  • Location: Palos de la Frontera (Huelva).
  • Capacity: 4.5 million tons/annum & 90,000 bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity:
  • Project Stage: Close to Completion
  • Expected Completion: 2010
  • Budget:

The Project

  • Project Type: Upgrade
  • Project Summary:
  • Main Contractors
    • Foster Wheeler Detailed engineering of new crude, vacuum and gas recovery units
    • UOP: Unit licences including two Merox™ process units, a Unionfining™ process unit and a Unicracking™ (hydrocracking) process 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)

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 unit licences
  • 2007 - Foster Wheeler Awarded Detailed engineering Contract
  • 2010 - Project completed

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 New Refinery Units in Spain
  6. HM The King inaugurates refinery expansion  "La Rabida"

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