Pemex selects group to design engineering for new Mexico refinery

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.

($1 = €0.76)

By: Leela Landress
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