Mexico Pemex launches clean fuels unit at Cadereyta refinery

25 September 2013 23:42  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) has launched a clean fuels unit at the Cadereyta Jimenez refinery in northeast Mexico that will produce 42,500 bbl/day of ultra-low sulphur gasoline, the state oil giant said on Wednesday.

The cleaner fuel, which will be earmarked for service stations in the north of Mexico, will contain about 30 parts per million (ppm) of sulphur. Standard gasoline grades produced at Cadereyta contain about 800 ppm, Pemex said.

The lower-polluting gasoline will facilitate the development of modern and clean technologies in the automobile industry and will reduce carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide emissions in vehicles by 50-80%, according to the company.

The project is part of Pemex’s ultra-low sulphur initiative that aims to upgrade its refining circuit to meet Mexico’s new regulations on the sulphur content of gasoline and diesel.

Pemex is building similar units to produce more ultra-low sulphur gasoline in its five other refineries and is currently developing projects to produce cleaner diesel. A spokesman for the company declined to provide a timeline.

Cadereyta Jimenez, in the state of Nuevo Leon, has a total crude processing capacity of 217,000 bbl/day, according to Pemex.

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


By: Simon West
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