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Petron Bataan Refinery (PBR) Expansion, Philippines




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Petron Bataan Refinery (PBR) is the largest refinery in the Philippines. It is located within the Limay municipality of Bataan province. It processes crude oil to produce a full range of petroleum products, including gasoline, jet fuel, industrial fuel oil, diesel, kerosene and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

The company also produces benzene, toluene, mixed xylene and propylene. It has a production capacity of 180,000 barrels-a-day.

The Petron Bataan Refinery expansion was initiated in April 2011 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2014. The total estimated investment in the project is $1.8bn.

PBR expansion details

"The Petron Bataan Refinery expansion was initiated in April 2011 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2014."

Petron initiated the Refinery Master Plan phase two (RMP 2) project in 2011 in order to meet the growing energy needs of the Philippines. The expansion is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

It includes increasing the capacity to process a wider range of crudes at the refinery for producing new products which will be marketed in both domestic and foreign markets. It includes upgrading the delayed coker unit (DCU) with a design capacity of 37,500 barrels per stream day.

The RMP 2 expansion will enhance the Philippines' supply security and enable the company to further meet the growing demand for LPG, gasoline, diesel and petrochemicals. The operational efficiency of the refinery will significantly improve with the expansion, as all the black streams will be converted into high-margin white products and petrochemicals.

The expansion will also double the propylene production capacity and the refining complexity in the region.

The RMP 2 expansion will enable the refinery to adhere to Euro 5 global clean air standards for the production of fuels, which will help to improve the air quality. Petron will also be able to expand and strengthen its retail network, integrate the petrochemicals business and increase its presence in the export market with this expansion.

Petron Bataan Refinery history

The refinery at Bataan was inaugurated in 1961 with a capacity of 25,000 barrels per year. The refinery has been supplying quality fuel products to the Philippines for more than five decades. The refinery produces environmentally-friendly fuels, obtained many international certifications and adopts the safety milestones in the process.

Facilities at the Philippines' largest refinery

The PBR has a DCU which uses cyclic processes to thermally crack vacuum residue or other residue feedstocks into gas, light products and petroleum coke. The DCU is widely used for residue upgrading or zero-fuel oil production.

"The RMP 2 expansion will enable the refinery to adhere to Euro 5 global clean air standards for the production of fuels."

The refinery contains a mild hydrocracker with a capacity of 15,700bpsd and a fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) unit with a 35,900bpsd capacity.

The refinery is facilitated with a C4 olefins oligomerisation unit and two FCC gasoline selective desulfurisation units. It also has a coker naphtha hydrotreater and unsaturated LPG treatment units.

Petron initiated construction of a 140MW powerplant at the refinery in 2010. A 70MW solid fuel-fired facility is also expected to be operational at the refinery in the first quarter of 2013. The new power plant will help in generating energy savings worth about P1bn ($20m) a year by improving the steam supply to the refinery.

Contractors involved with the PBR expansion project

In September 2011 Axens, a firm based in France, was awarded with a contract to supply technologies for the refinery upgrade. The scope of the contract includes providing technology support to the mild hydrocracker, fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) unit and C4-cut purification system.

In November 2011 Daelim Industrial was given notice to proceed with the engineering, procurement and construction of RMP-2 project.

In January 2012 Foster Wheeler, a company based in the US, was awarded with an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the upgrade of the delayed coker unit (DCU) at the refinery. The scope of the contract includes providing engineering support and supplying materials for two double-fired Terrace Wall coker heaters.

UOP and CB&I Lummus were also involved in the refinery upgrade.

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Petron Bataan Refinery (PBR) is in Limay, Bataan province, Philippines.
The headquarters of Petron Corporation is located in Makati City in the Philippines.
Daelim Industrial is the EPC contractor for the RMP-2 project.