Spain’s OHL to build hydrogen plant at Mexican refinery

16 July 2013 21:52  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--A consortium led by Spanish construction group Obrascon Huarte Lain (OHL) has been awarded a contract by Pemex’s refining subsidiary, Pemex Refinacion, to build a hydrogen plant at the Cadereyta Jimenez refinery in northeast Mexico, OHL said on Tuesday.

The project will be carried out by OHL’s oil and gas subsidiary, Ecolaire Espana, along with hydrogen technology specialists KT Kinetics and Mexican firm Construcciones Industriales Tapia, OHL said.

The scope of the contract involves the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of a 25,000 cubic metres/hour (Nm3/h) hydrogen plant and the completion of a 12-inch (30cm) pipeline connecting the refinery to Mexico’s domestic gas grid.

The project will take 29 months to complete, the Spanish company said. Financial terms of the contract were not mentioned.

“The joint synergies generated by the partners have enabled the consortium to present the most competitive offer and outperform large groups that opted to bid for this contract,” OHL said.

Cadereyta Jimenez, in the state of Nuevo Leon, has a total crude processing capacity of 275,000 bbl/day, according to Pemex.

The refinery produces a mixture of refined products, including liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, fuel oil, petroleum coke, asphalt and sulphur.

The refinery’s new hydrogen plant is part of Pemex’s ultra-low sulphur diesel initiative that aims to adapt and modernise its refining circuit to meet Mexico’s new regulations on fuel-sulphur content.

By: Simon West

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