Contract awarded for Colombia refinery expansion

Eric Watkins
Senior Correspondent

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 6 -- Refinería de Cartagena SA has awarded to Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. a contract for a refinery expansion project in Cartagena, Colombia.

CB&I will perform the engineering, procurement, and construction for the expansion, including adding 14 processing units.

The $80 million expansion project is designed to increase processing capacity at the facility to 150,000 b/d from 80,000 b/d.

The upgraded facility will produce ultralow-sulfur gasoline and diesel from a heavy crude oil slate.

Refinería de Cartagena is owned by Glencore International AG (51%) and Ecopetrol, Colombia's national oil company (49%).

Contact Eric Watkins at hippalus@yahoo.com.

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