Repsol Strategy and Control Executive Director Pedro Fernández Frial was recognised as Industrial Engineer of the Year by the Official Association of Industrial Engineers of Madrid for his merit and career, as well as his contribution to the Cartagena refinery expansion project.
The Cartagena refinery expansion, at €3.15 billion, is the largest industrial investment in the history of Spain and one of the key projects in Repsol's strategy. It will enable Spain to improve the trade balance by considerably reducing automotive fuel imports. The new refinery has led to the creation of 800 internal jobs and another 800 with contractor companies, in addition to indirect employment for over 8,000 people. The new refinery units double their production capacity, reaching 11 million tonnes a year (220,000 barrels a day), with medium distillates, especially petrol, accounting for 50%.
The Cartagena refinery is now one of the most modern and highest conversion capacity facilities in the world, and it is a reference in environmental sustainability, safety and energy savings.
Pedro Fernández Frial graduated as an Industrial Engineer from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales de Madrid, and has a PDD Diploma from the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa (IESE). He began his career in the Refining area of the Repsol group in 1980. In 2005, he was appointed Downstream Executive Director, where he led the Repsol refinery expansion project in Cartagena, Murcia. Today, he is Repsol's Executive Director for Strategy and Control.