New Talara Refinery, steady progress in the last phase of its construction
In October, the pace of work has shifted into top gear
We are pleased to announce that the construction of the New Talara Refinery was in full swing last October, with more than 7,000 workers on-site, under constant medical surveillance and following biosafety procedures. Construction in the final stage and over 90% of all the work has been completed.
We would like to point out that the New Talara Refinery constitutes the most important energy project in Peru in recent years, with an investment of 4.7 billion dollars – exclusively from PETROPERÚ’s own resources – and in which IDOM participates as Project Manager Contractor (in consortium with Summum and Nippon Koei) of the project as a whole.
The construction work of the New Talara Refinery was gradually and progressively restarted on June 15, after being suspended for three months by the State of National Sanitary Emergency, a period in which only the necessary work related to the safety of the industrial facilities and equipment was carried out. Work was restarted in critical areas with the incorporation of up to a maximum of 40% of the total number of workers prior to the national stoppage, strictly complying with the protocols established for this project and approved in the surveillance, prevention, and control plans of COVID-19. All activity is under constant medical surveillance and following biosecurity procedures.
According to the work schedule updated after the temporary suspension due to the pandemic, the start-up of the process units will begin at the end of November 2021 with the Primary Distillation Unit, and it is estimated that the entire start-up process of the 16 units will be achieved in approximately 4 months until stabilization is reached.
Parallel to the progress in construction, pre-commissioning activities (no-load tests for the verification of equipment and systems) are being carried out prior to commissioning (final tests of the systems) and the commencement of operations of the New Talara Refinery.
Images of the current state of the work in the following video owned by PETROPERÚ: Link