LONDON (CNI)--UK-based industrial gases group BOC said Monday that production had commenced from the world's largest nitrogen complex which it is building near Cuidad del Carmen in Campeche, Mexico.
The $1bn (Euro1.05bn) complex, which has a total daily capacity of 1.2bn standard cubic feet (36m cubic metres), consists of four air separation units and is being built to fulfil a 15-year gas supply contract with Pemex Exploracion y Produccion, part of Mexican state oil concern Pemex.
BOC said it had begun pumping high-purity nitrogen from the first of the four units for injection into the Cantarell offshore oil field.
Performance testing for the remaining three is scheduled to be completed over the next few months.
BOC heads the project consortium that also includes Japan's Marubeni, Westcoast Energy of Canada, Germany's Linde, and ICA Fluor Daniel S de RL de CV of Mexico.