Foster Wheeler Ltd. has announced that two of its subsidiaries have been awarded a front-end engineering design (FEED) and project management consultancy (PMC) contract by Ecopetrol S.A, for the Barrancabermeja Refinery Upgrade Project in Colombia.

Foster Wheeler USA Corporation and Process Consultants, Inc, part of its Global Engineering and Construction Group, were awarded the contracts for the project.

The project itself will increase refining capacity from 250,000 barrels per stream day (BPSD) to 300,000 BPSD, add heavy crude processing capability, and provide a processing configuration to meet the projected 2013 Colombian clean fuels product specifications.

The contract scope includes a number of new units such as a crude unit, delayed coker, hydrocracker unit, coker naphtha hydro-treating unit, hydrogen unit, sour water strippers, amine regeneration unit, and sulphur recovery unit, plus associated utilities and offsite units.

“Foster Wheeler is pleased to be working with Ecopetrol on this major upgrade,” said Troy Roder, CEO of Foster Wheeler USA Corporation.

“This award demonstrates Ecopetrol’s confidence in the quality of our team, our in-depth refinery expertise, and our ability to execute large, complex projects. We look forward to building an excellent working relationship with our client’s project team.”

Jose J. Pinto, the client’s Refining and Petrochemical Project Manager, added, “Foster Wheeler has developed an innovative project execution strategy to expand our refining productivity in line with our strategic objectives.”

Foster Wheeler Ltd. is a global engineering and construction contractor and power equipment supplier delivering technically advanced, reliable facilities and equipment.