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Ecopetrol Selects Axens’ Hydrocracking and Coker Naphtha Hydrotreating Technologies

JULY 2 - 2012
Ecopetrol Selects Axens’ HYK and Coker

In order to enhance its processing capabilities of local heavy crudes while increasing clean fuels throughput, Ecopetrol has embarked into the modernization of its Barrancabermeja refinery (PMRB Project). The site is located in the Santander department of Colombia. As part of this reconfiguration, Ecopetrol has selected Axens technologies for Hydrocracking and Coker naphtha Hydrotreating units. The 80,000 BPD Hydrocracker will process a blend of straight-run vacuum gasoil and cracked gasoil in order to produce high quality middle-distillates and to improve the FCC feed quality. The 14,000 BPD Coker Naphtha Hydrotreater will produce feedstock suitable for petrochemicals. The refinery is already equipped with Axens Prime-G+ and Prime-D Hydrotreating technologies for low sulfur gasoline and ultra-low sulfur diesel production.


Ecopetrol S.A. is the largest company and the principal petroleum company in Colombia and is one of the four major petroleum companies in Latin America. Ecopetrol has oil producing fields throughout the Colombian territory and owns two refineries (One in Cartagena city and another in Barrancabermeja city), maritime ports for fuel exports and imports on both Colombian shores and a transportation network of 8124 km of pipelines and poly-ducts throughout the Colombian territory. Ecopetrol has its own R&D center, the “Instituto Colombiano del Petroleo” (ICP), holding more than a hundred years of geological data in the Colombian petroleum history. For more information visit the web pages at