Sines Refinery Upgrade Project
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Summary Information

The Project

  • Project Type: Upgrade
  • Project Summary: The project for conversion of the Sines refinery consists of the construction of a new hydrocracker, i.e. a unit for hydrocracking heavy gasoil, for the production of diesel and aviation fuel. This unit will enable the production of diesel through deep conversion of the heavier fractions of crude oil.
  • In addition to the main plant, it will be built a steam reformer for producing hydrogen and a unit for recovering sulphur from produced gases, both of which will be necessary for operating the hydrocracker
  • Main Contractors: Tecnicas Reunidas: Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Management (EPCM) contract

Refining Units

  • Hydrocracker - 43,000 bpd
  • steam reformer
  • Sulphur Recovery

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • This technology will make more flexible the selection of crude oil to be processed, which will allow the purchase of heavier crude oil for processing in the distillation column

Products Produced

  • Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel


  • 2009 - Financing agreement signed with EIB
  • 2009 - Galp Energia and Tecnicas Reunidas signed a Lump Sum Turn Key (LSTK) contract
  • 2013 - The hydrocracker starts production

Other Information

  • The project is partly financed by the EIB

Relevant Links

  1. Galp Energia and Tecnicas Reunidas have sign a Lump Sum Turn Key (LSTK) contract for the Sines refinery’s conversion project, Dec 2009
  2. Galp Energia signs second part of financing agreement for refineries’ conversion projects
  3. The hydrocracker at Sines refinery begins operations

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