Roundup: Petroperú head resigns, Costa Rica terminal, Bolivia refinery

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Germán Velásquez Salazar (pictured) resigned as board president and general manager of Peru's state oil company Petroperú following a new spill from the Norperuano oil pipeline.

The energy and mines ministry's hydrocarbons director Omar Chambergo confirmed in-situ that Petroperú pumped crude at kilometer 213 of the pipeline which constitutes "a serious misconduct and an infringement" of an order issued by energy and mining investment regulator Osingermin to suspend operations following spills earlier this year, a ministry release quoted minister Rosa María Ortiz as saying.

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For now, board VP Gina Vega Ponce de León will take over as chair and Carlos Linares Peñaloza as general manager. Velásquez was appointed board president in March 2015.

The country's president-elect, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, takes office on July 28.

Also from Peru, hydrocarbons licensing authority Perupetro issued a call to draft a proposal to implement a project for the national supervision system of remote hydrocarbons measuring.

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Costa Rica's state refiner Recope reported that a US$98.6mn project to expand the Moín oil terminal has reached the 85% completion mark.

The project's five loading arms were installed in recent days and pending work includes power, instrument and control components.

CREDIT: Recope

Consortium Ingenieros Civiles Asociados-Constructora Meco is the contractor carrying out the overhaul which will increase vessel docking capacity to 80,000DWT (560,000b crude) from 40,000DWT.

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Bolivia's state hydrocarbons company YPFB said it will build a new fire-control system at the Gualberto Villarroel refinery in Cochabamba where the NOC also is upgrading the plant's LPG and industrial control systems.

CREDIT: YPFB Refinación