Puerto La Cruz Refinery Expansion Project
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Summary Information

  • Ownership: PDVSA
  • Website: http://www.pdvsa.com/
  • Wiki Page: Puerto La Cruz Refinery
  • Location: Puerto La Cruz, Anzoátegui, Venezuela
  • Capacity: million tons/annum & bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity:
  • Project Stage: PMC awarded
  • Expected Completion: 2016
  • Budget: US$ 5 billion

The Project

  • Project Type: Upgrade & Expansion
  • Project Summary: The Puerto La Cruz 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
  • Main Contractors:
    • Toyo Engineering / Vepica: PMC
    • JGC Corporation - Detail engineering, procurement support and construction management services
    • Hyundai-Wison - Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Start-up assistance
    • Wison - Procurement and construction for the site preparation

Refining Units

  • Atmospheric Distillation,
  • Vacuum Distillation,
  • Slurry Hydrocraker (HDH Plus*),
  • Sequential Hydroprocessing (SHP),
  • Sulfur Recovery,
  • Hydrogen Production

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • The upgrade will enable the refinery to process very heavy crudes

Products Produced

  • The refinery produces mainly automotive fuels


  • 2007 - JGC was awarded a contract for the FEED (Front End Engineering Design)
  • 2008 - JGC designated engineering contractor for the HDH Plus® process
  • 2011 - Toyo engineering awarded PMC contract
  • 2012 - Hyundai-Wison awarded Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Start-up assistance contract
  • 2013 - Technip awarded contract for hydrogen units

Other Information

  • The facilities will be first in the world to commercially employ the HDH Plus® heavy crude oil cracking process technology, which was developed independently by PDVSA.

Relevant Links

  1. Vepica Refinery Project References
  2. HDHPLUS/SHP technology will be used at the Puerto La Cruz refinery
  3. Financial resources secured to expand the capacity of El Palito and Puerto La Cruz refineries
  4. Japan, PDVSA Sign $1.5 Billion Loan to Expand Refineries
  5. Award of PMC Contract for Large Scale Heavy Oil Upgrading Project in Venezuela
  6. JGC Wins Oil Refinery Expansion Project in Venezuela
  7. Wison wins Puerto la Cruz oil refinery in Venezuela
  8. Technip awarded contract for two hydrogen reformers in Venezuela
  9. Wison Wins Another Procurement and Construction Contract for Puerto La Cruz Refinery Deep Conversion

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