Mexico's Pemex begins restart of FCC plant at Tula refinery

02 October 2013 03:01  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) has begun the restart of the fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) plant II at the Miguel Hidalgo refinery in the central Mexican city of Tula de Allende, the state-run oil company said on Tuesday.

Scheduled maintenance was successfully carried out, and the plant's operations will be stabilised over the next few days, the company said in a statement.

Miguel Hidalgo, one of six refineries owned by Pemex, has a processing capacity of 325,000 bbl/day and accounts for 24% of total crude volumes processed in Mexico, according to the company.

The refinery produces a mixture of refined products, including Pemex diesel, Pemex magna, jet fuel, industrial diesel oil and propylene.

The company announced in September that it had awarded a $95m (€70.3m) contract to Mexican construction company ICA Fluor to increase distillate production at the refinery.

The contract is the first phase of a four-year, $3.46bn project to increase production of higher-value distillates at Pemex’s refineries, the company said.

($1 = €0.74)

By: Simon West

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