REFICAR Refinery Expansion

Refineria de Cartegena S.A. (REFICAR)

Location
Cartagena, Colombia
Industry Served
Year Completed
2016

Scope of Work

FEED; Licensed Technology; Engineering, Procurement, Fabrication and Construction; Storage Facilities

Summary

In November 2007, McDermott was awarded a contract by Refinería de Cartagena S.A. (REFICAR) for the FEED work for a 165,000 barrel per day refinery expansion at the Cartagena Refinery in Cartagena, Colombia, about 30 minutes to the West of Cartagena. A portion of the FEED work was based on technology provided by McDermott, including:
 
  • Hydrogen and sulfur units
  • Selective gasoline desulfurization—CDTECH’s CDHydro®/CDHDS® technologies
  • Delayed coking
  • Coking heaters
Subsequently, in November 2009, McDermott was awarded the balance of the work for the new refinery, including revamp of the existing 80,000 barrel per day refinery. The overall project will relieve regional refining constraints and will enable REFICAR to produce clean, ultra low sulfur gasoline and diesel from heavy crude. Expanded EPFC work scope for storage was awarded in May 2011 with field mobilization in July 2011. With the additional scope for storage, the project involved the participation of McDermott's Technology, Engineering & Construction and Fabrication Services operating groups.

Following the completion of the FEED, McDermott began the next phase of the overall project, including detailed engineering, procurement of equipment and materials, and initiation of construction activities. McDermott executed the engineering and procurement out of the Houston office, with support from its other global technical centers. McDermott mobilized more than 15,000 field craft laborers and ultimately expended more than 70 million craft labor work hours on the project.
 


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