Mexico Pemex upgrades gasoline, natgas transport infrastructure

28 March 2014 22:35 Source:ICIS News

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--State-run energy giant Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) said on Friday it has upgraded infrastructure to increase the transport capacity of gasoline and natural gas from Mexico’s Gulf Coast to the country’s Pacific coast.

Pemex said it invested $20.9m on the Donaji pumping station to transport gasoline along a 248 km stretch from Minatitlan in Veracruz state to Salina Cruz in the southern state of Oaxaca.

The work included the modernisation of the station’s turbines that have boosted gasoline transport capacity from 55,000 bbl/day to 100,000 bbl/day. The higher capacity will reduce the cost of the fuel by around $4-5/bbl, the company said.

Pemex also invested Mexican pesos (Ps) 2.05bn ($156.6m) to upgrade a 12-inch pipeline to transport natural gas from Jaltipan, also in Veracruz state, to Mexico’s largest oil refinery at Salina Cruz.

The pipeline will allow the 300,000 bbl/day facility to use natural gas instead of diesel, resulting in lower costs and benefits to the environment, Pemex said.

($1 = Ps13.09)

By Simon West