EP PetroEcuador s Esmeraldas Refinery is located on the north coast of Ecuador and at 110,000 barrels per day is the largest in Ecuador.
WorleyParsons has been working on the Esmeraldas Refinery Rehabilitation Project since December 2011.
Commenting, WorleyParsons Chief Executive Officer Andrew Wood said, This contract demonstrates the commitment that WorleyParsons shares with EP PetroEcuador to complete the planned upgrade of the Esmeraldas Refinery on time and safely.
was expected to cut its crude runs for a year beginning in August 2012, when the facility's FCC unit had been scheduled to go offline.
The testing protocol consisted of the addition of Ethos Bunker Fuel Conditioner to the heavy fuel oil powering PetroEcuador's electrical generation plant at Esmeraldas.
Ethos CEO Enrique de Vilmorin, expressing pleasure with the PetroEcuador test results, stated, "[w]e're all very impressed with the results from the Esmeraldas protocol testing.
The state-owned company is investing $750 million to increase its efficiency and cut pollution at Esmeraldas, and plans to invest $600 million additionally in plants that would allow the refinery to produce higher-quality fuels, Calvopina said.
The refinery in the northern Esmeraldas region will go offline for a month in January 2013, but output will decrease by about 50 per cent in the twelve months through July next year.