December 16, 2009 at 11:13 am #2840
Foster Wheeler Serves as REFICARs PMC for REFICAR Refinery Project in Colombia
- Press Release Source: Foster Wheeler AG
On 9:00 am EST, Tuesday December 15, 2009
ZUG, Switzerland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Foster Wheeler AG announced today that Refinera de Cartagena S.A. (REFICAR) has accepted the offer by a joint venture of Foster Wheeler USA Corporation and Process Consultants, Inc. (a Foster Wheeler company) to serve as REFICAR’s consultant (PMC) for the expansion of the Cartagena refinery in Colombia.
The project will expand the refinery’s capacity from 80,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 165,000 bpd. It will also improve the fuel quality to meet Colombian and international environmental specifications. The upgraded facility will produce ultra low sulfur gasoline and diesel from a heavy crude oil slate.
Overall investment for the upgrade project is over US$3 billion. Foster Wheeler’s award value, which was not disclosed, will be included in the company’s fourth-quarter 2009 bookings.
Umberto della Sala, president and chief operating officer of Foster Wheeler AG, said, “This award is a reflection of the excellent work that Foster Wheeler has been providing to Ecopetrol and indicates our client’s continued confidence in our project management capabilities. We are very pleased to be recognized for our experience, capabilities and resources to support the REFICAR project This work follows the award of a similar project by Ecopetrol last year for the front-end design, PMC and partial engineering, procurement and construction of the Barrancabermeja refinery expansion project. The synergies between the two projects will be maximized to deliver added value for Ecopetrol and REFICAR and to ensure project success.”
- Foster Wheeler AG is a global engineering and construction contractor and power equipment supplier delivering technically advanced, reliable facilities and equipment. The company employs over 14,000 talented professionals with specialized expertise dedicated to serving its clients through one of its two primary business groups. The company’s Global Engineering and Construction Group designs and constructs leading-edge processing facilities for the upstream oil and gas, LNG and gas-to-liquids, refining, chemicals and petrochemicals, power, environmental, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare industries. The company’s Global Power Group is a world leader in combustion and steam generation technology that designs, manufactures and erects steam generating and auxiliary equipment for power stations and industrial facilities and also provides a wide range of aftermarket services. The company is based in Zug, Switzerland, and its operational headquarters are in Clinton, New Jersey, USA. For more information about Foster Wheeler, please visit our Web site at http://www.fwc.com.
- Press Release Source: Foster Wheeler AG
December 16, 2009 at 11:19 am #5884
Here is update on Ecopetrol/Reficar’s Cartagena Refinery & coker expansion – FW will be PMC.
It is unlikely that FW will be involved in coker since CB&I/Lummus is doing the EPC/Coker Technology on this project.
January 27, 2010 at 2:43 pm #5807
Colombia appoints consultant for refinery project
Dec 30, 2009 Eric Watkins OGJ Oil Diplomacy Editor
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 30, 2009 — Foster Wheeler AG said Refineria de Cartagena SA (Reficar) has accepted the offer by a joint venture of Foster Wheeler USA Corp. and Process Consultants Inc. to serve as consultant for the expansion of the Cartagena refinery.
The project, which will expand the refinery’s capacity to 165,000 b/d from 80,000 b/d, will also improve the fuel quality to meet Colombian and international environmental specifications.
In addition to doubling its refining capacity, Reficar’s expanded facility will also have the flexibility to process heavy crude, including crude from the Rubiales and Piriri fields in the Eastern Plains region of Colombia.
The goal is to complete the expansion project in the next 2 years with operations expected to start during first half 2013.
Overall investment for the upgrade project is more than $3 billion. Foster Wheeler did not disclose its award value but said it will be included in the company’s fourth-quarter 2009 bookings.
In November, Reficar’s board confirmed its existing $1.4 billion agreement with Chicago, Bridge & Iron (CB&I) for the performance of detailed engineering, procurement and construction services in connection with the expansion of the Cartagena refinery.
CB&I has worked on the refinery expansion project since 2008, providing basic engineering design, topsoil stripping, and conditioning services in 130 hectares of the area where the new refining and power generation units will be located.
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