The state Petroperú announced that the new Talara Refinery It will enter into operation in April 2022, through a gradual start-up, and as a result of the strategies adopted by the new administration to mitigate delays.
“This optimization of the startup deadlines, promoted by the new Company Board of Directors, from September 2022 to April 2022, will generate a significant reduction of approximately 50% of the economic impact projected by the previous management”the company said in a statement.
Since the beginning of 2021, delays were generated in the work due to controversies, as well as claims between contractors and subcontractors, which caused some of the work corresponding to the critical path for its start-up to be completely stopped. All this, added to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, affected the initial work schedule, which meant a potential delay for its commissioning until September 2022.
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To date, the construction of the New Talara Refinery has an overall progress of 96% (Process Units and Auxiliary Units).
The construction of the New Talara Refinery is a project declared of public need and national interest through Law No. 30130 in 2013, providing that Petroperú ensure its execution to produce fuels in accordance with quality regulations and that they contribute to preserve air quality and public health.
The New Talara Refinery will be composed mainly of 16 process units and 5 auxiliary units, a highly complex and deep conversion facility with patented technology by the most recognized companies in the refining sector such as: EXXON Mobil (USA), Axens (France) , UOP (USA) and Haldor Topsoe (Denmark). In this way, it will be in line with the new demands of the international energy market.
The financing obtained for the construction of the New Talara Refinery will be paid through the flows that Petroperú generates derived from its economic activities, which will increase due to the substantial improvement in the refining margin, since the refinery will process heavy crude from lower cost and will produce better quality fuels.