Ecuador suspends calls for refinery and solar project

Published: Tuesday, May 04, 2021

The Ministry of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources of Ecuador suspended the calls for the joint management of the Esmeraldas refinery and the development of the Conolophus solar project [in the Galapagos archipelago].

The decision is adopted after an agreement between the president, Lenín Moreno, and the president-elect, Guillermo Lasso, to stop all executive processes while the new government has not yet taken office, which will happen on May 24.

The call for the 25-year operation and upgrade of state-owned Petroecuador’s 110,000b / d plant was launched in September and attracted interest from a consortium made up of KBR , Hyundai , RGFX and Energlobal Group. The estimated investment reaches US $ 3,000 million.

More recently, BNamericas reported that the state company issued a call to prepare technical and support documents in the refinery process.

The 120-day consulting contract, which includes the determination of the capacity limits of the CCR and FCC units, and participation in the evaluation of offers, was awarded to Consorcio SCM y Asociados (Serkhonmhan-Asesores en Riesgos de Procesos).

The other bidders were Consorcio Delegación de la Gestión Conjunto (Consultora de Energía y Medio Ambiente-Enviroland Sociedad Anónima, Engineering and Services in Environmental Management and Control) and Industrial Design and Construction.


In March , the ministry opened bids for a 20-year concession to develop the 14.8MW, US $ 45mn Conolophus solar park in the Galapagos archipelago.

A consortium made up of Gransolar and Total Eren was the only group that submitted bids.

The other qualifiers were Canadian Solar Conolophus , Voltalia , Woojin Industrial Systems and Scatec Solar- Energy Flex.

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