EP Petroecuador operates the Esmeraldas I cracking refinery, which is located in Esmeraldas, Ecuador. According to GlobalData, who tracks and profiles more than 1,400 refineries worldwide, it is an integrated cracking owned by EP Petroecuador. The refinery started operations in 1977 and has a Nelson Complexity Index (NCI) of 6.36. Buy the profile here.

Key refinery processes

Crude Distillation Unit (mbd): 110
Vacuum Distillation (mbd): 45
Catalytic Cracker (mbd): 20
Reformer (mbd): 10
Hydrotreater (mbd): 62
Isomerization (mbd): 4

The capacity of the Esmeraldas I refinery is expected to remain the same as 110mbd by 2030.

Maintenance activities at Esmeraldas I cracking refinery

The Esmeraldas I refinery cracking witnessed eighteen incidents during the period 2017-2022.

About EP Petroecuador

EP Petroecuador (Petroecuador) is a state-owned integrated oil and gas company. The company transports, stores, processes and markets oil and petroleum products in the domestic and international markets. The company also provide Fuel Price and Consultation of Electronics Invoices services. It operates three refineries, namely, Esmeraldas refinery, Libertad refinery and Shushufindi refinery, in the Amazon and Coastal regions to produce fuels for supply across the country. Petroecuador operates both crude oil and petroleum products. The company also operates storage terminals in the country. It also manages and operates gas stations. Petroecuador is headquartered in Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador.

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