Mexico Pemex begins restart of boiler unit at Salina Cruz refinery

19 July 2013 19:35  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) has begun the restart of the CB-5 boiler unit at the Antonio Dovali Jaime refinery in Salina Cruz in Mexico’s southern Oaxaca state, the state energy company said on Friday.

Maintenance to guarantee the unit’s steam generation capabilities was successfully carried out, the company said, adding that the plant will be stabilised over the next few days.

The restart comes days after Pemex reported a fuel oil leak in a 16-inch (41-cm) pipeline at Antonio Dovali Jaime. According to a company spokesman, local communities had not been affected by the seepage, while operations at the refinery were running normally.

Technicians were carrying out a review into the cause of the leak, he added.

Antonio Dovali Jaime is Mexico’s largest refinery and has a total crude processing capacity of 330,000 bbl/day, according to the company.

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

Mexico has a total of six refineries, all operated by Pemex, with a combined processing capacity of 1.54m bbl/day. The company is building a second refinery in the central Mexican city of Tula de Allende, with start-up expected in 2017.

Pemex also owns a 50% stake in the 340,000 bbl/day Deer Park refinery in Texas.

By: Simon West

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