Cuban Refinery with High Production towards Expansion
Posted on July 11, 2011 by lchirino
CIENFUEGOS, Cuba The oil refinery in this south-central province, which was reactivated by a joint project with Venezuela, has surpassed its production schedule by 2 percent this year, which evidences its operational stability and the efficiency.
This plant, which also benefits the countries with the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our Americas (ALBA) regional integration initiative, has met all its productive programs with no breakdowns and high efficiency, said its acting director Jose Suarez.
In statements to Trabajadores newspaper, Suarez said that since the plant began operations in December 2007, it has processed over 70 million barrels of crude oil shipped from Venezuela, while the production plan for this year will surpassed 20 million barrels.
Despite the operations by some 60 tankers at two docks in the bay, the complex refining process and the large pipelines that covered many kilometers, not a single fuel spill that could harm the environment has ever occurred.
The refinery, named after Cuban Revolution commander Camilo Cienfuegos, is currently undergoing expansion of its facilities to increase its daily processing capacity to 65 000 barrels a day, and this includes the introduction of refining technology to reduce the crude´s high sulfur levels in order to increase the quality of the final product.
An entity with China´s state-owned National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) will start the expansion of the refinery this year, whose investment has been calculated at some 6 billion dollars.
Cienfuegos province, at 250 kilometers southeast of Havana, will also count on a plant of natural liquefied gas whose production capacity will reach 2 million tons a year. This project is now undergoing its last engineering stage.
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