Ecopetrol awards Colombia refinery upgrade contract

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Nov. 14 -- Ecopetrol SA has awarded contracts for front-end engineering and design and project management consultancy to Foster Wheeler USA Corp. and Process Consultants Inc., part of its Global Engineering & Construction Group, for the Barrancabermeja refinery upgrade project in Colombia.

The project will increase refining capacity to 300,000 b/sd from 250,000 b/sd, add heavy crude processing capability, and provide a processing configuration to meet the projected 2013 Colombian clean fuels product specifications.

The scope includes the following new units: a crude unit, delayed coker, hydrocracker unit, coker naphtha hydrotreating unit, hydrogen unit, sour water strippers, amine regeneration unit, and sulfur recovery unit, plus associated utilities and offsite units.

The project also will include revamps to the diesel hydrotreater, gasoline hydrotreater, and dismantling of two existing atmospheric and vacuum distillation units. In addition, the contract includes the procurement of long-lead items.

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