CEPSA lets fired heaters contract for Spain refinery

CEPSA has let a contract to Foster Wheeler for the design, material supply, construction, and erection of a crude heater, vacuum heater, and combustion air preheater system at its La Rabida refinery.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Aug. 30 -- Cia. Espanola de Petroleos SA (CEPSA) has let a contract to Foster Wheeler Iberia SAU for the design, material supply, construction, and erection of a crude heater, vacuum heater, and combustion air preheater system at its 100,000 b/cd La Rabida refinery in Huelva, Spain.

Mechanical completion of the two vertical cylindrical-type heaters and preheater system is scheduled for June 2009.

The heaters form part of a major $1 billion expansion project CEPSA is undertaking to increase the refinery's production of middle distillates (OGJ, Mar. 12, 2007, Newsletter). CEPSA will add a 90,0000-b/sd crude unit, 30,500-b/sd vacuum distillation unit, and 148-ton/hr gas concentration unit.

Foster Wheeler Iberia completed front-end engineering design for these units, and earlier this year was awarded the detailed engineering contract for them.

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