May 11, 2023

Técnicas Reunidas wins a contract for the electrification of large machinery at two Repsol industrial complexes

  • The work will contribute to the improvement of energy efficiency and the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions at the complexes of Sines (Portugal) and Tarragona (Spain).
  • The work will mainly consist of replacing ethylene and propylene compressor turbines with electric motors.

Técnicas Reunidas has been awarded the detailed engineering, procurement management and supply of equipment and materials for the electrification of large machines at Repsol’s industrial complexes in Sines (Portugal) and Tarragona (Spain).

At the Sines complex, the works will mainly consist of replacing with electric motors the turbines of the compressors of the chemical plant’s ethylene and propylene production process. Técnicas Reunidas will also install a new electrical substation and make the necessary connections. 

At the Tarragona industrial complex, Técnicas Reunidas will electrify four compressors of the ethylene cracker. 

These two projects, which will require 150,000 hours of engineering work by highly qualified Técnicas Reunidas professionals, will improve energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions at the industrial complexes by 260,000 tonnes per year (95 kta in Sines and 165 kta in Tarragona), aligned with Repsol’s strategy to become a net zero emissions company by 2050. 

Repsol has once again entrusted Técnicas Reunidas with the execution of a strategic and highly complex project. Given the need to make the development of the projects compatible with the general shutdowns scheduled for the operation of the two plants, the work will be carried out in both cases under the “fast-track” modality, to reduce design and execution times. This factor will require a perfect coordination between the teams of the complexes and the engineering organisation of Técnicas Reunidas in Madrid to ensure that design and procurement are ready to carry out the complex works during the outage.

Técnicas Reunidas has been working with Repsol since the beginning of its activity and has participated in many of its development and expansion projects. The award of these two projects represents a new milestone in the relationship between the two companies, with a strong focus on decarbonisation and energy transition.

Técnicas Reunidas

The Spanish company Técnicas Reunidas is one of the most important companies in its sector on an international scale, with a presence in 25 countries and a track record that totals more than 1,000 industrial plants throughout its more than 60 years of experience.

Técnicas Reunidas’ activity is mainly focused on the development of engineering projects, design and construction of industrial plants for the production of clean fuels, natural gas and chemical products, and solutions linked to the energy transition, circular economy and decarbonisation (renewable hydrogen, biofuels, waste recovery, CO2 capture and storage, etc.).

Its more than 6,800 employees, most of them highly qualified engineers, make its headquarters in Spain a centre of engineering excellence.

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