Pemex restarts processing plants at refinery after power outage

19 November 2012 16:55  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS) --Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) restarted processing plants over the weekend after a power failure at the Dovali Jaime refinery, the state-owned oil company said on Monday.

Processing plants including the Catalytic 1, Reforming 2 and Primary 2 plants were restarted over the weekend, and as electrical stability was normalised, other related processing plants were also restarted, the company said.

Mexico's refining circuit has reported several incidents in the past years that have affected the production capacity of refined products and forced Mexico to look for more product from the US Gulf and Europe.

Four turbogenerators and 26 processing plants were shut and halted operations at the entire refinery complex, a source familiar with the plant’s operations said last week.

The refinery, the largest in Mexico, has a processing capacity of 330,000 barrels/day, according to Pemex.

Located in the port city of Salina Cruz in the southern state of Oaxaca, the refinery was built in 1979, with the goal of reducing Mexico’s rising US gasoline, refined product and petrochemical imports.

The refinery produces a mixture of refined products including of diesel, jet fuel, kerosene, gas oil and methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), according to Pemex.

($1 = €0.78)

By: Leela Landress
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