HM The King inaugurates refinery expansion  "La Rabida"

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27 / 10 / 2010

CEPSA has inaugurated the refinery expansion "La Rabida" in Palos de la Frontera (Huelva). The event, which was chaired by S. M. The King, has had the presence of the President of the Junta de Andalucía, José Antonio Grin, the Deputy Government in Andalucía, Luis Garcia Garrido, the Mayor of Palos de la Frontera, Carmelo Romero, Secretary of State for Research, on behalf of the Government, Pétriz Felipe Calvo and Directors of the Junta de Andalucía, other authorities Regional and municipal, agency heads and various related companies to the energy sector, as well as business leaders Andalusians.

The Chairman of CEPSA, Santiago Bergareche, highlighted in the opening ceremony:
"The idea that prompted the company to realize this project was the need to increase the security of supply of diesel fuel, deficient product Spain. In a society like today, where 80% of energy consumption is fossil - of which 34% belongs to the oil and in the best of scenarios future this percentage is expected to drop by 30% - a setup like this is a future investment for society in general and in particular CEPSA. "

Also, the CEO of CEPSA, Dominique de Riberolles, said:
"The investment properties clearly demonstrate the essential role of our industry in the development and competitiveness of the European economy, while giving shows its ability to maintain skilled jobs and their efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its activities, in the transition to a model
more energy efficient, sustainable and independent. "

The proposed Capacity Expansion of production of middle distillates (ACPDM) at the refinery "La Rabida" has been the biggest investment project in all its CEPSA history, if we exclude the initial construction of its refineries, and one of the most important developed in Spain in recent years.

In this regard, the CEO of CEPSA recalled that "about 10 engineering, 200 equipment providers and more than 320 contractors have participated in the
project directly contributing 1 million engineering hours, about 7 million Set-up and supervision at the refinery, with the help of 3,500 people in the peak months of activity. The commissioning of the project involved the creation and coverage in CEPSA, of 166 permanent jobs and highly skilled, well a significant increase of the required external services and activity economically induced in the refinery environment. "

With an investment of around € 1,000 million and complexity equivalent to duplicate the existing refinery production, besides the incorporation of units
unprecedented process in the manufacture of CEPSA scheme, the project allows ACPDM turn it into a platform-class refining, improving energy efficiency, their level of global competitiveness and maximizing synergy with two other refineries San Roque and Tenerife.

The project was approved in 2005-2006 driven by the need to increase security of supply of diesel fuel in Spain. It complies with other objectives as:

  • Increase flexibility in the overall operations of Refining CEPSA, both with regard to the crudes to treat as in productions each refinery, and
  • Consolidate the business in Huelva and its environment, not only during the construction period but also during the period of operation commercial installations.

By expanding on the refinery's production amounts to more than 9 million tons, of which over 5 million are middle distillates (diesel and kerosene) deficit products in Spain of imported over 11 million tons. Environmentally, the project is obviously a substantial change the refinery "La Rabida" that has recently renewed Environmental Authorisation Integrated through an evaluation process, led by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade, which have been important contributions from the Ministry of Environment Environment, Rural and Marine Affairs and the Ministry of Environment of the Junta
Andalusia.


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