Fernando Lobo Paluska
Director General
Grupo Protexa

Long-Term Infrastructure Partner in the Bay of Campeche

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 13:04

Initially dedicated to the production and application of roofing products for residential and industrial purposes, Grupo Protexa was founded in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon in 1945 by Don Humberto Lobo Villareal. The first contracts for the laying of oil and gas piping were obtained in 1955, when Protexa entered the building industry. Protexa took the first step to enter the international market in 1960, and the installation of industrial plants in Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Venezuela and Italy soon followed. The company continued to grow and diversify by implementing more complex engineering projects for the transportation of water, gas, oil and other fluids on any type of surface, including sea, swamps and rivers. Today, Grupo Protexa is comprised of several companies that specialize in different areas: offshore construction, onshore construction, industrial services and environmental services.

As part of Protexa’s offshore construction division, Mexican Maritime Constructions (CMM), has more than 30 years of experience in setting up many types of installations for the offshore oil and gas industry in Mexico  and has been involved in many Pemex projects, including the Cantarell project, from the early days.

Today, Grupo Protexa’s contracts range from the installation, maintenance and modernization of offshore platforms to the construction and laying of underwater pipelines between platforms and the coast.

The offshore construction division is headquartered in Tuxpan, Veracruz, and has the capacity to process 20,000 tonnes of steel per year. In addition to constructing offshore platforms, it also provides accommodation and catering services for both its own personnel and those of Pemex.

Protexa’s dedicated oil unit is specialized in providing exploration and drilling services by producing oil-based mud systems for the exploitation of wells through the use of drilling fluids. The unit’s facilities in the Southeast of Mexico are capable of meeting the demands of up to 50 wells simultaneously.

Pemex has rewarded Grupo Protexa on a number of occasions for what it believes to be a long-term commitment to the energy sector and a relationship with the NOC. Condux, one of Protexa’s offshore construction companies, was certified a Reliable Provider by Pemex and the construction of the PP-LUM-A drilling platform in 2008 was highlighted by Pemex officials “as the first platform to leave the construction yard without a single failure”.

In the future, says Fernando Lobo Paluska, Director General of Grupo Protexa, the company is planning to maintain its position in the market by taking advantage of its history and reputation as one of the most experienced engineering and construction companies in Mexico. “As a construction and service company, we are working to be very efficient and competitive to grow together with Pemex,” he says.

With Pemex’s planned expansion to deepwater, Lobo Paluska sees new opportunities for Grupo Protexa: “It Fernando Lobo Paluska, Director General of Grupo Protexa 2is well-known that Pemex wants to maintain a 100% reserves replacement rate, which means a lot of work and opportunities. Maintaining a production of 2.5 million bbl/day implies increasing drilling activities considerably, among other things, and this can give a big boost to Grupo Protexa’s offshore business. By increasing production levels to 3.3 million bbl/day by 2026, Pemex will be producing even more work for us in the years to come.” In order to participate in deepwater projects and realize strategic partnerships, Grupo Protexa is planning on purchasing new equipment, mainly dynamic positioning vessels, according to Lobo Paluska.

Furthermore, Grupo Protexa is looking to partner with other companies. “The new contracting framework will result in companies that are not yet established in Mexico looking for collaborations with Mexican companies that know the domestic market and its risk. Grupo Protexa can be a good option,” says Lobo Paluska.