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Technology changing the world

The history behind the Repsol Technology Center

Ideas that marked a before and after in the Spanish industrial sector

Technology and innovation have enabled us to grow and improve day by day the way we explore, extract, and process hydrocarbons. Becoming pioneers in the field of Research and Development (R&D) was only possible due to all the people who brought countless, brilliant ideas to the table, and they most certainly were the driving force behind the company's early successes. These ideas marked a before and after in the Spanish industrial sector.

A new project is born (1942)

75 years are enough to last a lifetime and more than enough time for the world to change. That’s how long it has been since the idea emerged to build the first Repsol Research Center – the precursor of the current Technology Lab. For the first time ever, the project aimed at building a research center in Madrid appeared on that year’s activity report.

Technology in Spain was limited at that time, so a young engineer by the name of Antonio Canseco, one of the first graduates to join the Research Center, was sent to Germany in the midst of the war. There, and in Scotland, was where the necessary technology was found to make the Cartagena refinery a reality and achieve its goal: to produce electrical energy and fertilizer.

The early labs (1950)

Even though the first company’s first research center went into operation in 1945, it didn't officially open its doors until five years later. The labs had registered a number patents in Spanish and abroad, and its researchers had taken part in various scientific congresses, providing a broad idea of the work that had been done in those early years.

Located on Calle de Embajadores in the heart of Madrid, researchers worked with a goal mind: to enable Spain to curb its dependence on outside supplies and technology. During that decade, an integrated energy company began to establish itself decided to meet the country’s hydrocarbon and electricity needs.

The need to build a Technology Center (1980 - 1990)

Our R&D efforts began to pay off rather quickly. During the 80s, we designed a great deal of our own technology, which included the addition of 35 reactors to Repsol's industrial facilities.
In the early 90s, the inadequacy of the facilities at the time became clear. R&D was rapidly growing in the company, and there were strategic measures already set out to be put into action as part of a five-year plan. Therefore, the need to build a new research center arose, which became known as Technology Center.

Making the leap (2002)

Repsol Technology Center

2002 is by far the most memorable year. After decades’ worth of work and endless ideas, we made one of our most ambitious moves by opening the Repsol Technology Lab (at then time called the Repsol Technology Center).

The center grouped Repsol’s four research centers, thus incorporating pioneering labs in Spain.

Ever since and up until now, the RTL has developed diverse cutting-edge technologies for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons. Our researchers have managed to improve the efficiency of the process with projects such as Excalibur and Sherlock I & II and optimized safety with projects such as HEADS.

An international benchmark

As of today, the Repsol Technology Lab is the heart of Research and Development of our company. It is the largest technology center in Spain extending over 42 acres. The center brings together all of Repsol's R&D activities and houses over 200 professionals who put their minds to work with the help of high-tech equipment. After dedicating so many years to technological research and innovation, the Repsol Technology Lab continues to work hard to evolve towards a more efficient and sustainable energy model.

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