Cepsa will increase the capacity of its chemical plant in San Roque by 25%24 April 2018
The technology renovation process will entail an investment of €100 million
Cepsa has decided to implement a technology renewal of its Puente Mayorga chemical plant in San Roque (Cadiz) to increase its production capacity from 200,000 to 250,000 annual tons. This improvement will include the installation of Detal technology, a joint development of Cepsa and the North American company UOP, to modernize and increase efficiency in producing Linear alkylbenzenes (LABs), material used in the production of biodegradable detergents.
Thanks to this renewal process, in which Cepsa will invest €100 million, the company will revitalize this plant. The implementation of Detal technology will enable it to improve product quality, gain efficiency and security, optimize production processes and reduce emissions, given its lower consumption of natural gas and electricity. As a result, Puente Mayorga will improve its position compared with its competitors and Cepsa will attain a global productive capacity of 650,000 tons in 2020, thereby consolidating its international leadership for this product, with a 15% market quota.
San Roque will be the world's first LAB production plant to abandon production processes based on hydrofluoric acid to switch to Detal technology. Construction will begin in May and will last about two years. During this process, which will entail about 650,000 working hours, 83 new machines will be installed. This will result in the generation of about 250 jobs, with peaks of 400, during the works.