Isla, as the Emmastad installation is locally known, is a medium conversion petroleum refinery. A petroleum refinery separates crude oil into its major distillation fractions through physical, thermal and chemical processes. The fractions are then further processed through a series of separation and conversion steps into finished petroleum products.
Our primary products fall into three major categories:
- Conventional fuels: Liquefied petroleum gas, motor gasolines, aviation fuels, gas oils, diesel, fuel oil and bunkers.
- Non-conventional products: Polymers, petrochemical feedstock, asphalts and raw waxes.
- Lubricating oils of both paraffinic and naphthenic types.
For reasons of efficiency in transporting crude oil feed stocks and finished products, ISLA is located near its most important crude oil sources (onshore Venezuelan oil terminals).
Refineria Isla Curaçao BV has a name plate capacity of 330,000 barrels per day. The real throughput varies with market, operational and financial conditions. As a refinery of medium complexity, Refineria Isla is capable of processing crude with a gravity between 11 and 33 API degrees. The ten jetties at Refineria Isla’s Emmastad installation, receive and dispatch both crude and oil products as well as sulphur, acid, caustic soda and other products.
The refinery includes three atmospheric distillation units and five high vacuum distillation units. It has two luboil trains, one for the manufacturing of high viscosity paraffinic lube oils base stock and one for naphthenic base stock.
Its conversion complex includes catalytic cracking, thermal cracking, alkylation, polymerization and a naphtha reforming unit.
The refinery also has units for the hydrotreatment of naphtha and kerosine, hydrodesulphurization of gasoil and treatment of gasolines and kerosines. Also there are three sulphur recovery plants.
In 1994 the utilities supply to the refinery was outsourced to the Independent Power Producer (IPP), Curaçao Utilities Company (CUC) under a Build Own and Operate (BOO) scheme. The utilities supply to the refinery is currently provided by the Independent Power Producer, Curaçao Refinery Utilities (CRU) in a long term supply arrangement with the operator of the refinery.
The products obtained at the refinery are: liquefied petroleum gases, naphthas, gasolines, polymers, kerosine, diesel, turbo fuel, distillates, high and low sulphur fuel oil, lubricants and asphalt. An Important by-product is sulphur, recovered In the refining processes. These products are mainly supplied to the Caribbean, Venezuela and Latin American market. The local market is also supplied via the government owned marketing company “Curoil”.