Repsol will stop its refinery in Tarragona for 53 days, in the longest shutdown in its history, to carry out improvement and maintenance work worth 100 million. The investment will serve to improve the competitiveness of the refinery, its safety and also to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, continuing with the objective of climate neutrality in 2050.
One of the great challenges is to reduce gas consumption, an objective accelerated by the energy crisis. The skyrocketing inflation and the international context have slowed down the shutdown, scheduled for last spring, and increased costs. Of the 100 million investments, Repsol calculates that 70% will go to actions that go far beyond maintenance work, which include the revision of 20 kilometers of pipes.
The shutdown begins on Friday and when it is finished it will leave the refinery, strategic for Repsol in southern Europe, prepared for a six-year production cycle. Almost 3,000 operators, with peaks of 3,700, and eighty auxiliary companies will work during the improvement and maintenance maneuvers at the refinery, located in the north petrochemical estate in Tarragona.