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Technip wins PDVSA Puerto La Cruz Refinery hydrogen reformers

PDVSA to increase heavy crude oil refining capacity

2B1st_Project_Smart_Explorer_Sales_Pursuit_ToolThe consortium made of Hyundai Engineering & Construction Corporation Ltd (Hyundai) from South Korea and Wison Engineering Corporation Ltd (Wison) from China selected Technip from France to supply two hydrogen reformers for the Venezuela national oil company (NOC) Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) Puerto La Cruz Refinery project.

This Puerto la Cruz Refinery is located 250 kilometers east of Caracas on the north of the Orinoco Belt where lies one of the largest extra heavy crude oil reserves in the world.

With the so called Deep Conversion Project, PDVSA is working to revamp and upgrade the Puerto La Cruz refinery in order to increase its domestic capacity to treat heavy and extra heavy crude oil from the Orinoco Belt in the east of Venezuela.

PDVSA_Technip_Puerto-la-Cruz_Refinery_Expansion_ProjectVenezuela is producing more and more heavy crude oil, while its light crude reserves are maturing.

So far Venezuela did not invest in its refineries so that its actual refining capacities are still aligned on its previous conventional light crude production.

With a total investment of $ 5.2 billion capital expenditure, PDVSA is planning to increase the refining capacity from 180,000 barrels per day (b/d) to 210,000 b/d.

The project includes:

  – Upgrade of the two existing distillation units

 – Two trains conversion unit

 – Three trains sequential hydro-processing unit

 – Three trains vacuum unit

 – Auxiliary units

 – Interconnections and storage facilities

Hyundai – Wison select Technip reformer technology

The Venezuela projects to revamp and upgrade its refineries are partly financed by loans from Japanese banks, Mitsubishi Corp. and Itochu Corp.

In compensation, Venezuela is shipping 2 million b/d of crude oil to Japan.

In 2007, PDVSA awarded the front end engineering and design (FEED) contract for the Puerto La Cruz Refinery Expansion Project to the Japanese engineering company JGC.

In 2011, PDVSA signed a project management consultancy contract with the Japanese engineering service company Toyo Engineering Corp. (Toyo).

In June 2012, the Puerto la Cruz Expansion Project moved into the execution phase with the $2.993 billion contract being awarded to the HyundaiWison consortium for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the main package.

Hyundai-Wison_PDVSA_Puerto-la-Cruz_ Venezuela_Refinery_ProjectWith this order, Hyundai and Wison are in charge of the:

 – Revamping of the existing distillation units

 – Auxiliary facilities

 – Expansion to 210,000 b/d refining capacities

 – Expansion of gasoline, diesel, and kerosene projects

In July 2013, Hyundai and Wison selected Technip technology to supply two  hydrogen reformers.

With 135 million standard cubic feet per day (cf/d) capacities, these hydrogen reformers will be designed and engineered by Technip Claremount in California.

Technip is due to deliver its hydrogen reformers in 2014, so that Hyundai and Wison will be able to start up the Puerto La Cruz Refinery Expansion Project in 2016 for PDVSA.

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