YPF lets contract for delayed coking unit

Uchenna Izundu
OGJ International Editor

LONDON, Feb. 22 -- YPF SA has let a contract to Foster Wheeler Iberia to design a new fractionation unit and gas plant for the delayed coking unit at the 189,000 b/d La Plata refinery in the province of Buenos Aires.

The two-drum delayed coker, which can process 27,925 b/sd, will replace an old one. The fractionation section and gas plant is expected to be completed by the end of the third quarter.

The delayed coker will use Foster Wheeler's SYDECSM delayed coking technology, which is a thermal conversion process that converts heavy residue feed into high-value transport fuels.

La Plata refinery has a conversion rate of 69%.

Contact Uchenna Izundu at uchennai@pennwell.com.

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