Ecopetrol operates the Barrancabaermeja-Santander cracking refinery, which is located in Santander, Colombia. According to GlobalData, who tracks and profiles more than 1,400 refineries worldwide, it is a non integrated cracking owned by Ecopetrol. The refinery started operations in 1922 and has a Nelson Complexity Index (NCI) of 6.9. Buy the profile here.

Key refinery processes

Crude Distillation Unit (mbd): 250
Vacuum Distillation (mbd): 125
Catalytic Cracker (mbd): 89
Hydrocracker (mbd): 80
Reformer (mbd): 10
Hydrotreater (mbd): 89
Alkylation (mbd): 7

The capacity of the Barrancabaermeja-Santander refinery is expected to remain the same as 250mbd by 2030.

Maintenance activities at Barrancabaermeja-Santander cracking refinery

The Barrancabaermeja-Santander refinery cracking witnessed three incidents during the period 2017-2022.

About Ecopetrol

Ecopetrol SA (Ecopetrol) is an integrated oil and gas company. It carries out exploration, development and production of oil and gas. It is also involved in refining of crude oil to produce petroleum products, besides transportation services. The company owns and operates refineries that produce a wide range of products including gasoline, diesel, kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas, and petrochemicals, including paraffin waxes, lube base oils, aromatics, asphalts, among others. It transports crude oil, motor fuels, fuel oil and other refined products including diesel and biofuels. The company has operational presence in Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Panama and the US Gulf Coast. It is majority owned by the Republic of Colombia. Ecopetrol is headquartered in Bogota, Colombia.

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