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Repsol Will Carry Out Largest Maintenance Stop At Cartagena Refinery In October

Repsol will carry out a deep maintenance shutdown at the Cartagena refinery. Starting in October, the oil company will carry out the most important review in its history, both for the budget – 75 million euros will be allocated – and for the number of teams that are going to intervene.

The works, which cover an area of ​​75,000 m2, will be carried out in the conversion and hydrotreatment areas, which began in 2012 after the expansion of the refinery, and which represented the largest industrial investment made in Spain, by value of 3,200 million euros.

The works will be used to carry out maintenance tasks on the equipment, and launch new projects aimed at increasing the energy efficiency of the facilities, advancing Repsol’s goal of being a net zero emissions company by 2050.

The director of the refinery, Antonio Mestre, has highlighted that, of the total budget, about 25 million will be allocated to energy efficiency and the environment. Specifically, fifty initiatives are going to be launched that will save 68,000 tons of CO2 per year, which is equivalent to the absorption of a forest with an area similar to 13,600 football fields.

The new investments include the start-up of a new compressor in one of the refinery flares, the installation of a new preheater in the furnace of the topping unit and the placement of a new column in the same unit, which will allow you to increase the efficiency of your operation.

In addition to the new projects, the shutdown will allow the inspection of 450 equipment, 1,640 valves, 192 towers and tanks, 232 exchangers and 22 reactors. The revision and renovation works to be carried out in the coking unit, the largest in Spain, and which has a height equivalent to a 36-story building stand out. Specifically, using the latest technology, its four cameras, each 41 meters high, will be inspected.

The maintenance shutdown, with an approximate duration of a month and a half, will mean a daily average of 1,200 workers from auxiliary companies, with a maximum peak of 2,000 people. For the execution of the works, which have been planned for two years, Repsol will rely on auxiliary companies. Of the 90 employment contracts signed, 63% will be developed by 35 local companies.

Repsol’s own workers must be added to external personnel. To the 35 people who have developed the preparation of the shutdown, some 360 ​​professionals from the refinery and another 25 from different Repsol industrial centers will be added for the execution work.

The planning has been accompanied by a training plan for all the employees involved, both internal and external, which has made it possible to provide 30,000 hours of specific training.

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