Mexico Pemex restarts FCC plant at Veracruz refinery

24 June 2013 19:48  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) has restarted the fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) plant II at the General Lazaro Cardenas refinery in the Mexican coastal state of Veracruz, the state oil company said on Monday.

Maintenance aimed at improving the plant’s sliding valve system was completed over the weekend, and operations have now been stabilised, the company said.

The plant’s production capacity was temporarily increased from 36,000 bbls/day to 40,000 bbls/day to avoid losses during the restart period, Pemex said.

General Lazaro Cardenas, the oldest refinery on Mexico’s refining circuit, has a total crude processing capacity of 285,000 bbl/day, according to Pemex.

The refinery processes diesel, gasoline, ultra-low sulphur diesel, jet fuel, fuel oil, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), isobutene, naphtha, sulphur, cyclohexane and other products.

The refinery is one of six run by Pemex. The company is currently building a second refinery in the central Mexican city of Tula, with start-up expected in 2017.

By: Simon West

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