EuCheMS shows Cepsa's commitment to increasing efficiency through innovation

  • The company is presenting four Research Center projects in collaboration with a number of universities in Andalusia and other scientific bodies.
  • The sixth edition of this prestigious annual international scientific event is currently being held in Seville.

Cepsa is playing an active role at EuCheMS, the largest European conference for the chemical industry, being held in Spain for the first time, with the city of Seville hosting the world's leading chemical scientists.

The Company is presenting four research papers coordinated by the Cepsa Research Center with various business areas, universities and scientific organizations. These projects focus on different lines of research to improve efficiency and environmental performance in a wide range of processes, from oil drilling and extraction to the production of phenol, LABs and asphalts.

Joana Frontela, head of Cepsa's Research Center, during one of the presentations the Company made at the congress

The first of the projects consists of obtaining phenol (a raw material used in the production of next-generation plastics) through the direct synthesis of benzene. It reflects a technological challenge of unquestionable value that offers significant advantages, through the simplification of the process and improvements to energy efficiency compared to current technology. This is a long-term Cepsa research project, working alongside the University of Huelva and the Technological Corporation of Andalusia (known in Spain as CTA).

Another of the projects centers on improvements to DETAL technology, developed by Cepsa and UOP (Universal Oil Products) in the 1990s for the production of LABs (a raw material used in the manufacture of biodegradable detergents), which, in its day, represented a landmark development for the detergent industry. The Cepsa Research Center is making major progress in minimizing the formation of heavy byproducts that are difficult to manage, representing a significant environmental improvement, as well as producing important energy savings and reducing production costs. This research is being undertaken in association with the Catalysis and Petrochemical Institute (ICP) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

‘Ecoasphalts’ is another Cepsa initiative which seeks to develop asphalt mixes and paving products that use refining byproducts that are difficult to manage. Alongside the Research Center, Cepsa's refineries in Andalusia and its asphalt business are working together on the Engineering and Construction Laboratory (LabIC) at the University of Granada.

Finally, Cepsa has presented its Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) technology, developed by the Company itself and pending a patent. This technology seeks to increase extraction from oil fields by up to 20% through the injection of a blend of surfactant chemical products. Collaborating on this project are Cepsa's Exploration and Production, Petrochemicals and Technological units, alongside the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Seville's Faculty of Chemistry.


Cepsa in Andalusia

The experience and knowledge accumulated over the past five decades of Cepsa's activities in Andalusia have been essential in the company's international expansion.

Cepsa manufactures 2.5 million tons of chemical products a year at its plants at Puente Mayorga in Cádiz, producing LABs, LABSAs and paraffins, and at Palos de la Frontera in Huelva, the world's largest integrated cumene and phenol plant, which also produces acetone. 

In 2016, Cepsa created over 3,600 direct jobs in Andalusia, as well as more than 2,600 indirect jobs and 6,000 temporary posts and jobs linked to its activity. Cepsa headed the table of companies in terms of production and turnover in Andalusia in 2015 (€14.5 billion euros), equivalent to 10% of regional GDP.


About EuCheMS

The aim of EuCheMS – the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences – is to promote a platform for scientific debate and offer a single independent European voice on key policy initiatives in the chemical industry and in related areas. EuCheMS aims to be part of the solution to the current challenges facing society through the promotion of chemistry, as well as offering expert scientific assessment and consulting services.



Cepsa is an energy group wholly owned by the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC). It employs more than 10,000 professionals and operates at every stage of the hydrocarbon value chain. It is engaged in petroleum and natural gas exploration and production activities, refining, the transportation and sale of oil and natural gas derivatives, biofuels, co-generation and the sale of electricity.

The Company has developed a world-class chemicals division that is tightly integrated with its oil refining segment, where feedstock is manufactured and sold for the production of high added-value components, chiefly used in making next-generation plastics and biodegradable detergents. It has a prominent presence in Spain and, through the continuing international expansion of its business, it also operates on several continents, marketing its products all over the world.


Madrid, September 14, 2016



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