Sincor nears upgrading, plateau production phase

Nearing completion at Jose, an industrial complex on Venezuela's eastern Caribbean coast near Barcelona, is a heavy crude upgrader that is part of a $4.2 billion integrated upstream and downstream project. One-third of the investment is for the initial 250 wells and main production station near San Diego de Cabrutica in the Orinoco heavy-oil belt, while the other two-thirds are for the upgrader, storage, and export facilities at Jose. Click here to enlarge imageSincrudos de Oriente Sincor CA operates this project for producing 8.5° gravity crude, transporting it by a 200-km pipeline to Jose and upgrading it to a 32° gravity crude for export (Fig. 1).Sincor calls the synthetic...

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