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New Talara refinery will be 100% operational in three months

In a press conference with members of the Association of Foreign Press in Peru (APEP), the Chairman of the Board of Petroperú, Carlos Vives Suárez, reported that Petroperú has all the corresponding permits for the gradual and progressive start-up period of the New Refinery Talara (NRT) which has been carried out satisfactorily.

Likewise, it was specified that the start-up of the conversion units has begun this month to later start the same with the deep conversion units. "So far everything has been surmountable within the stipulated deadlines, it is expected that the plant will operate at 100% between May and June," he said.

It is important to mention that between June and October the integral warranty tests will be carried out with a 100% load in the entire refining complex with the participation of the licensing companies and contractors (Técnicas Reunidas and Cobra), as has been carried out in the gradual and progressive startup of each of the units.

The NRT conversion units will give Petroperú greater profitability, which added to a recomposition process in the hydrocarbon purchase scheme, will allow greater competitiveness in the market. In this sense, the EBIDTA estimated for the year 2023 is $500 MM,” said Cristina Fung, General Manager of the company.

Regarding the start of operations in Block 192, it was specified that -since this facility has been paralyzed since February 2020- there is hard work to be done to rehabilitate the field, however, production is expected to begin during the first quarter of 2024.

"It should be noted that Lot 192 has reserves of 127 MMb, so it is a priority for Petroperú to value this important resource," he said, adding that operational production projections are estimated at 10,500 barrels of crude oil per day.

On the other hand, the official specified that the preparation of a sustainability plan for the North Peruvian Pipeline is already underway, which includes social and operational components, one of them being the closing of social gaps in the communities in charge of the State. "This is how, hand in hand with the Executive, we have been working to close the gaps, which will significantly help improve the quality of life of the communities surrounding the North Peruvian Pipeline," he added.

Parallel to this, the incorporation of Petroperú in the lots in the northwestern part of the country, located in Talara, is being coordinated with the Ministry of Energy and Mines and Perupetro, which will strengthen Petroperú's participation in oil exploitation activities.

Finally, it was reported that the company has been carrying out the necessary actions to strengthen its governance, as well as ensure its financial and operational sustainability, which is how it was recently able to sign a contract with the prestigious international specialized consultant Arthur D. Little LLC in consortium with Columbus HB Latam Inc. to carry out the service for preparing the Restructuring Plan, which must be presented before July 31 of this year.

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