Refinery tracker: Brazil northeast, Ecuador's Pacífico, Talara in Peru

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Brazil's Petrobras reported that its new northeast refineries will in the next five years be responsible for 83% of the country's refining capacity, injecting an additional 830,000b/d of derivatives into the local fuel market.

The additional capacity will come from Abreu e Lima in Pernambuco, Premium I's first phase in Maranhão and Premium II in Ceará.

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Abreu e Lima (230,000b/d) is 87% complete and scheduled to begin first phase operations in November and the second in May. Premium I (first phase) and Premium II are due to come online in 2018 and 2019, adding a combined 600,000b/d.

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Site preparation for Ecuador's US$14.1bn Pacífico refinery project stands at 93% and completion of the operation road reaches 81%.

The 300,000b/d plant in Manabí province will produce gasoline, distillates, LPG and petrochemicals. Production will begin with an initial 200,000b/d and surplus will be exported.

Overall completion of the EPC and startup phase stands at 3.7%, with construction of the La Esperanza aqueduct to cover water requirements at 16%, according to an update from state company Refinería del Pacífico Eloy Alfaro. Global advancement reaches 8.8%.

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And state oil company Petroperú's board approved contract signing with Spanish engineering firm Técnicas Reunidas to carry out modernization of the Talara refinery that will increase throughput to 95,000b/d from 65,000b/d. The overhaul will also improve fuel quality with low sulfur B5 diesel and gasoline.