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[Repsol allocates nearly 15 million to the scheduled shutdown of the lubricants unit (19/01/2021)

The Cartagena refinery begins work this week on seven units of its lubricants plant to undertake different inspection, maintenance and equipment improvement actions.

In addition to Repsol's own workforce, there will be a daily average of 400 people, with a maximum number of 500 workers coming from some thirty auxiliary companies, mostly local.

The scheduled shutdown, which will last for more than a month, is a boost to industrial activity around Cartagena and improves the energy efficiency of the refinery's lubricants unit equipment.


The Repsol refinery in Cartagena begins the year allocating 14.8 million euros to the scheduled shutdown of its lubricants plant.

The units, which mainly manufacture lubricating oil bases, will be subjected to equipment inspection, maintenance and new investments in order to increase energy efficiency and improve the competitiveness of the processes.

The work, which has already begun with the progressive shutdown of the units, will last for more than a month and will require an average of 400 workers per day, reaching 500 professionals at peak times.

These qualified personnel, who will work under the supervision of Repsol's own employees, come from around thirty auxiliary companies, of which 73% are local, 23% are national and the rest are international.

Maintenance work and investments The Cartagena refinery periodically carries out these types of shutdowns that allow the units to be prepared for a new work cycle, preserve the safety of the facilities, comply with the required legal inspections and make new investments to improve energy efficiency.


In this case, the works will consist of the intervention of seven units of the two lubricant plants that the refinery has.

Of the 14.8 million of the shutdown budget, about 6 million euros will be used in investments and modifications aimed at safety, environment, energy efficiency and technological improvements.

Specifically, one of the furnaces will replace its concrete refractory with another made of fiber.

Regarding technological improvements, 900,000 euros will be allocated to reinforce the safety of the substation that feeds the unit's electrical equipment by means of a technological evolution of its equipment.

Safety, a priority objective At Repsol, safety is the axis around which all activity revolves.

For this reason, more than 800 people, including workers from the refinery and auxiliary companies that will work at this stop, have undergone specific training that has been given by Repsol professionals and by half a dozen external companies, mostly local, that are dedicated to offering this type of course.

Among the contents, in addition to the procedures and work protocols inside the refinery, this year on the occasion of Covid 19, special emphasis has been placed on the importance of always wearing a mask, maintaining the safety distance and perform proper hand washing.

In this sense, the refiner and the contracting companies have reinforced the means to guarantee, among other things,access and movement within the industrial complex safely.

Everything will be supervised by the security coordination created expressly for the work at the stop.

The team, which is made up of Repsol's own personnel and the auxiliary companies, will be operational during all phases of the shutdown 24 hours a day.

Lubricating oil bases, paraffins and bitumens One of the singularities of the Cartagena refinery is its conversion capacity, since all the product that arrives at its facilities is converted into other by-products that are used for the manufacture of materials and goods that society uses in your day to day.

In the lubricants unit, the bases of lubricating oils for domestic use and for export are obtained.

In addition, this plant produces other products such as paraffins that are used in industries such as textiles, food and cosmetics; Bitumen for paving, or the raw material used to make tires.

The stops, a boost to the social and economic development of the environment The director of the refinery, Antonio Mestre, assured that "this stop, together with other projects that Repsol is developing in Cartagena, such as the first sustainable biofuel plant to which 188 million euros will be allocated, they represent a clear commitment to the development of the industrial sector and to the promotion of employment and the generation of economic activity in Cartagena and the Region of Murcia ".

As in previous works of this type carried out in other plants of the refinery, the scheduled shutdown consists of several phases.

It begins by leaving out of service the units in which it is going to intervene and, later, starting the tasks of inspection, maintenance and new investments in the equipment.

This type of work, coordinated by the Stop Area with the involvement of all the refinery departments, involves exhaustive planning, more than a year in advance, to guarantee maximum security and the provision of new equipment, as well as the needs of technical and human resources.

The last phase of these works involves the commissioning of the units.

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Source: Agencias

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