Mexico's Pemex may restart output at ammonia plant in Chihuahua

14 November 2012 12:48  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--An ammonia plant in Chihuahua, Mexico, idled by state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) a decade ago may restart to meet the country’s growing demand for nitrogen fertilizers, local media reported late Tuesday.

According to reports, Pemex director general, Juan Jose Suarez Coppel, will hold high-level talks with the Chihuahua state governor and local union representatives during a tour of the Camargo industrial complex on Wednesday.

Built in 1967, the plant was shut down in 2002 but Pemex workers remained on site to look after the facility’s seven ammonia reactors that can produce a combined 450 tonnes of ammonia per day, or around 164,000 tonnes/year.

Should Pemex give the plant’s revival the green light, production could start in the next few weeks, with the ammonia destined for local dealers and farmers rather than the export market.

Pemex was not immediately available for comment.

By: Richard Ewing
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