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Galp To Expand Porto Refinery In Portugal

(Sunday, October 28, 2007) 10:59

Galp Energia SA has let a contract to Fluor Corp. for front-end engineering and design and early procurement services of main equipment for a conversion project at its 91,000 b/cd refinery in Porto, Portugal. The contract"s value was not disclosed.

The conversion project will add a grassroots vacuum flash and distillation unit, a visbreaker, a diesel hydrodesulfurization unit, and associated utilities and infrastructure. The project is part of Galp"s investment program to increase production of diesel by 50,000 b/d as well as the utilization rate of its existing refineries. The revamp also will enable Galp to process heavier crudes.


Fluor offices in Madrid and in Camberley, UK, will carry out the refinery conversion work along with local Portuguese companies.


Fluor previously constructed an HDS unit for Galp"s 213,000 b/cd refinery at Sines in 2002.