Scheduled stoppage for the Esmeraldas Refinery will take place in March 2019

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

This Petroecuador release was published using an automatic translation system.

After the announcement made in previous months about the scheduled 54-day stoppage for the maintenance of the Non-Catalytic 1 and Catalytic 1 units of the Esmeraldas Refinery, scheduled for this August 16, the public company Petroecuador will postpone this activity for March 2019. This is due to the fact that the contractor, in charge of supplying the pipes for the VH1 Furnace of the Vacuum Plant, has had delays in the provision of the same, which has prolonged its manufacture, shipment, clearing, transport and delivery.

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Faced with this situation and after the failure of the contractor, the state oil company will apply the corresponding contractual fines. Additionally, in the coming days, a technical team will move to China to monitor the progress in the construction of the pipes and thus avoid further delays.

It should be noted that EP Petroecuador has a repair plan that will be implemented once the necessary equipment for the maintenance of these units is available. In addition, the contracting of corrective and preventive maintenance services is being carried out as part of the programmed stoppage in the refining plant.

The National Government through EP Petroecuador will provide the adequate technical support so that the units continue to operate under the current conditions until the new planned maintenance date; it will also guarantee the integrity of the workers that operate in the Esmeraldas Refinery and the normal distribution of fuels in the country.

Technical characteristics of the pipe for the furnace:

  • Tube, outer diameter 114.3 mm thickness 6.0 mm, a-335 p9 (9% cr-1% mo)
  • Tube, outer diameter 165.2 mm thickness 7.1 mm a-335 p9 (9% cr-1% mo)
  • Tube, outer diameter 216.7 mm thickness 8.2 mm a-335 p9 (9% cr-1% mo)

The maintenance of the plant will involve six phases:

  • Repair of refractory equipment in the catalytic cracking section of the FCC unit of Esmeraldas Refinery.
  • Maintenance and repair in static, rotating, electrical equipment and instruments of the catalytic unit 1.
  • Repair of the V-H1 furnace during the programmed stoppage of the non-catalytic units 1.
  • Service and repair of equipment and systems of the crude, vacuum and visbreaking units 1 of the Esmeraldas Refinery.
  • Service and repair of equipment and systems of the units of treatment of gases "U" and treatment of bitter waters "Z1".
  • Non-destructive inspection and testing service for all operating units of the Esmeraldas Refinery.