15 February 2012 22:08 [Source: ICIS news]
BOGOTA (ICIS)--Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), the state-owned oil company, said on Wednesday that it selected a consortium of companies for a $135m (€103m) contract to design the basic engineering for a new refinery to be built in central Mexico.
The consortium includes a venture between Mexican construction company ICA and oil services firm Fluor Daniel, Pemex said. The contract is scheduled to be signed on 2 March.
"It is important to note that 63% of this job will be done by Mexican companies," Pemex said in a statement.
The goal is for the new refinery in Tula, in the state of Hidalgo, to add 300,000 bbl/day of refining capacity, Pemex said in 2009.
The new refinery would help reduce Mexico’s rising US gasoline imports and produce roughly 142,000 bbl/day of gasoline, 82,000 bbl/day diesel and 12,000 bbl/day of jet fuel, all of which will have ultra-low sulphur content, Pemex said at the time.
Pemex wants to increase domestic refining capacity with the Tula plant and expansions at other existing installations.
A fire at the existing Tula refinery killed three in July 2011.
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