Argentine refinery to upgrade coker heater

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, July 7
-- Repsol-YPF SA has awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction contract to Foster Wheeler AG for a delayed coker heater for the delayed coking unit at the company’s Complejo Industrial La Plata facility in Argentina.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Oil & Gas Journal figures for the refinery at La Platta as of Jan. 1 show an charge capacity of 189,000 b/cd with a coking capacity of 25,133 b/cd.

The fired heater will use Foster Wheeler's selective yield delayed coking technology. The delayed coker heater is to be completed by June 2012. The coking technology is a flexible thermal conversion process used by refiners to upgrade heavy residue feed and process it into transport fuels and coke products for fuel and metallurgical markets, says Foster Wheeler.

The process can be designed to maximize clean liquid yields while minimizing fuel coke yields, or to achieve other objectives, such as to minimize heavy gas oil yields or to produce specific grades of coke for industrial use.

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