CEPSA lets contract for refinery expansion

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Mar. 5 -- Cia. Espanola de Petroleos SA (CEPSA) has let a detailed engineering contract to Foster Wheeler Iberia SAU for a major expansion of its 100,000-b/cd La Rabida refinery in Huelva, Spain.

The project will add a 90,000-b/sd crude unit, 30,500-b/sd vacuum distillation unit, and 148-ton/hr gas concentration unit.

The contract value was not disclosed. CEPSA is spending more than $1 billion at the refinery to meet growing demand in Europe for middle distillates.

Foster Wheeler Iberia has completed the front-end engineering design for the planned units (OGJ, Nov. 13, 2006, Newsletter).

Mechanical completion of the new facility is scheduled for fourth-quarter 2009.

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