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B&W Energy Services Awarded Long-Awaited Reficar Project

January 12, 2015 by B&W Energy Services1

HOUSTON, Texas—January 12, 2015—B&W Energy Services has been awarded a contract by Reficar to provide steam blow design and project execution services to the Ecopetrol owned Cartagena Refinery Modernization and Expansion Project in Colombia.

The Cartagena Reficar refinery is a small-to-medium complex refinery located in Momonal of the Cartagena Bay, 30 minutes west of Cartagena, Colombia. The existing refinery has a capacity of 78,000 bbl/day, and the new adjacent refinery, currently under construction, will increase capacity to 165,000 bbl/day. This is a signature project for Colombia and will allow Reficar to produce clean, ultra-low sulfur gasoline and diesel from heavy crude.

B&W tracked the expansion project for an excess of two years, and was able to finalize an initial engineering contract with Reficar in October 2014. The contract for project execution and specialized equipment supply was finalized in late December 2014.

“Reficar’s Cartagena Refinery Expansion Project is a very complex large scale project and one that’s critical to Ecopetrol’s long term business strategy,” said Joel Babin, B&W C.O.O. “This contract demonstrates B&W’s capacity to handle the world’s largest projects, and we are very excited about this opportunity to bring our value added services to Colombia.”

Under the terms of the contract, B&W will provide detailed design of the steam blow program including hydraulic modeling of steam systems, permanent plant modifications, construction activities, and equipment layouts. Additionally, B&W will supply specialized equipment from our large inventory to support an aggressive steam blow schedule and program, and an experienced project execution team to manage the work.

To learn more about B&W’s awards and the Reficar project, or to seek information about their services, please contact Shelby Pipken at 215.215.6258 or [email protected].


About B&W Energy Services
B&W Energy Services is an ISO 9001:2008 certified global full-service provider of pre-commissioning and pre-commissioning cleaning services. Through commitment, dedication and unmatched service quality, B&W Energy Services has positioned itself as the industry leader providing services in the world’s most complex projects. Their experience is not limited to the Power Energy Sector—B&W Energy Services’ experience is vast, covering all Energy Sectors including Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Power and Renewable.

One comment

  • Carey L. Stevens

    March 22, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    As a former employee of the construction contractor at Reficar I have followed news of the refinery since leaving the project in April 2014. If B&W Services can use an experienced subcontract manager/administrator (I have over seven years of experience working in Colombia and over 30 years experience overall.) in Cartagena I would like to be considered for a position on B&W’s team.

    I will post my resume separately on the B&W, HR site.



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B&W is an ISO9001:2015 company, which highlights our commitment to quality. Through commitment, dedication, and unmatched service quality, B&W Energy Services has positioned itself as an industry leader providing services on the world's most complex projects. Our experience is not simply limited to the power energy sector. At B&W Energy Services our experience is vast, covering all energy sectors including oil and gas, petrochemical, power and renewable. Aqualazing, hydrotesting, inspection services, pulse flushing, steam blowing, chemical cleaning, air blowing, oil flushing, project management and engineering.

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