Refinery completes revamp to accommodate Venezuelan crude

Merey Sweeny LP completed a new 58,000 b/d coker at its Sweeny, Tex., refinery in August 2000.Click here to enlarge imageWith the help of Bechtel Corp., Phillips Petroleum Co. and Petroleos de Venezuela SA (Pdvsa) completed a revamp of their Sweeny, Tex., refinery to process a heavier crude. The Merey Sweeney project installed a new 110,000-b/d vacuum distillation unit and 58,000-b/d delayed coking unit in the refinery.Bechtel, the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor on the project, believes it set a world record in the time to design and build a coker of this size and complexity.The new units give the refinery the ability to process Merey 16, a blend of heavy cr...

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