El Palito Refinery revamps its gasoline treatment plant

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With an investment of approximately 52.8 million dollars, El Palito refining complex management will formally launch the Load Increase Project in the Catalytic Plant –PIC- aimed at improving the gasoline treating and production capacity, by acquiring state-of the-art equipment for the fuel conversion and alkylation processes.

El Palito Refinery is located along the coast of the State of Carabobo . It currently processes an average of 130 thousand barrels of crude daily. This complex supplies fuel to the Midwestern region of the country and also for export. This new Project will increase gasoline production capacity, both for domestic and foreign markets. It is estimated that the final phase of the project will be completed at the beginning of the year 2009.

The gradual production increase in the Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) plant of El Palito Refinery will take gasoline production to 73 thousand liters per day, an amount that is well above the 53 thousand liters produced before, while maintaining its optimal quality.

Parallel to the installation of the new equipment, a project and equipment design, management, and control training program is being developed. It contemplates holding workshops, seminars and professional training courses for all workers currently in such departments as maintenance, technical, operations, and industrial safety.

Likewise, a new system is now available: the Employment Democratization System –SISDEM- to capture and hire the labor required for the Project. This system provides equal opportunity to every worker en the area and its surroundings, thus abolishing the old practice of selling oil industry jobs. SISDEM's office in the area is located in Moron , a town close to the refinery.

Spokespersons of the industry reiterated that this Project will be launched in the next few days, and that it will make quite a positive socioeconomic contribution to the people of this area of Puerto Cabello and Juan José Mora.

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