Spanish consortium to build cogeneration plant at Mexico refinery

11 April 2013 19:20  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--A consortium formed by Spanish firms said on Thursday that it has been awarded a contract by a Pemex’s refining subsidiary (Pemex Refinacion) to build a 35MW cogeneration plant at the Francisco Madero refinery in northern Mexico.

The plant will be equipped with a heavy-duty gas turbine and heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) to produce 115 tonnes/hour of steam, according to a statement released by the Spanish firms Sener and OHL.

Steam generated by the plant will be used in the production process at the refinery’s new gasoline and diesel desulphurization plants, the consortium said.

Construction will also include a natural gas measuring and control station, an air compressor system, a drain recovery system, a water cooling system and infrastructure to connect the plant to other parts of the refinery.

“Pemex Refinacion selected the consortium... for their extensive experience in the industrial plant construction sector,” the companies said.

The Francisco Madero refinery, in the state of Tamaulipas, has a crude processing capacity of 186,000 bbl/day, according to Mexican state-run oil company Pemex.

The refinery processes five different types of crude and produces premium gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, low-sulphur diesel, marine fuel, petroleum coke and asphalt.

According to company statistics, petrochemical output at the refinery increased to 947 tonnes/day last year compared with 856 tonnes/day in 2011.

By: Simon West

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