PDVSA pushing ahead with Puerto La Cruz refinery expansion

Monday, August 21, 2017

Venezuela's state oil firm PDVSA is progressing with an expansion of its Puerto La Cruz refinery (pictured), increasing storage capacity by 1.21Mb with the construction of a new tank area to receive refined products that will open in 2019, according to a press release.

The project involves 16 new tanks for LPG storage, each with 20,000b capacity, four 150,000b diesel storage tanks, three 65,000b liquid sulfur storage tanks, five 25,000b ones for slop, a 150,000b residuals storage facility and a 100,000b naphtha storage tank.

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The expansion will allow the refinery to store a total 13.7Mb of fuel, PDVSA said. The work is being carried out in the Macotal and Chaure areas of the refinery and is currently 34% complete, the company added.

The project also includes upgrading 35 tanks, with 19 changing their function, as well as the construction of two wastewater storage tanks.