EP Petroecuador operates the Esmeraldas I refinery, which is located in Esmeraldas, Ecuador. It is an integrated refinery owned by EP Petroecuador. The refinery, which started operations in 1977, has an NCI of 6.36.

Key processes of the refinery

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 refinery is expected to remain the same as 110mbd by 2030.

Maintenance activities at Esmeraldas I refinery

The Esmeraldas I refinery witnessed fifteen incidents during the period 2015-2020.

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. 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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