Jamaica’s Kingston Refinery to Replace Vacuum Unit – an Industrial Info News Alert Thursday April 17, 6:00 am ET
CORDOBA, ARGENTINA–(MARKET WIRE)–Apr 17, 2008 — Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) — The 36,000-barrel-per-day (BBL/d) Kingston refinery, owned by Jamaica’s state-owned Petrojam, is replacing a vacuum unit, which has been offline for the last three weeks. The 40-year-old tower, which processes about 1,500 BBL/d, will be replaced with a new 2,000 BBL/d tower. The unit is expected to go online on April 21, 2008.
Here is update on Petrojam coker Addition. It looks like the Petrojam expansion project (which includes a coker) jummped past FEED stage on project & into EPC stage (~30-40% done at end April) to take refinery crude capacity from 36MBD to 50 MBD (at cost ~$600MM). The replacement of Vac Twr means they are targeting the first major bottleneck for both more/heavier crude supplies.
Completed startup should be finished by 2012 – think coker was to finish 2010-2011 (which means drums would also need to be on order given current lag time).
This is a very small refinery to be adding a coker and so you would expect capacity to be in 10-20 MBD range (ie coker ration ~0.4 max on 50MBD crude = 20 MBD) for heavy crudes – which they are targeting to reduce cost at the Kingston Refinery. My guess with all problems PDVSA is having & it’s attraction to other LA countries that Petrojam could run some Bitumen crude.
I would appreciate an email around any details on the coking unit?