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Mexico’s Refineries

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 13:00

CADEREYTA

Located in the state of Nuevo León, the Cadereyta refinery, also known as the Ing. Héctor R. Lara Sosa refinery, is responsible for supplying fuel to the north of Mexico. According to Pemex figures, the refinery currently has a capacity of around 275,000 b/d of crude. In 2009, ICA Fluor was awarded an EPC contract for the upgrade of the refinery, including a 42,500 b/d catalytic distillation train.

MADERO

Located in the state of Tamaulipas, the Tamaulipas refinery, otherwise known as the Francisco I. Madero refinery, is responsible for supplying fuel to the central and gulf regions of Mexico. The Madero refinery currently has a processing capacity of around 190,000 b/d of crude oil. ICA Fluor also won the contract for the upgrade of the Madero refinery in 2009, which is scheduled to be finished in 2013.

SALAMANCA

Also known as the Ing. Antonio M. Amor refinery, the Salamanca refinery is located in the state of Guanajuato, and supplies the center and east of the country with finished product, and has a processing capacity of 245,000 b/d. A refinery upgrade project was started in 2012, which will increase the refinery’s capacity to refine heavy crude, and is expected to be finished by 2015.

TULA

The Tula or Miguel Hidalgo refinery, located in the state of Hidalgo – approximately 150km north of Mexico City - is the main supplier of fuel to Mexico’s capital. It has a processing capacity of 315,000 b/d of crude. In 2010, Saipem was awarded a US$800 million. EPC contract for the installation of two desulphurization units and two amine regeneration units.

MINATITLÁN

Located in the state of Veracruz, the Minatitlán or General Lázaro Cárdenas refinery supplies both the south of the country and the Yucatán peninsula. It has a processing capacity of 185,000 b/d. An upgrade was completed at the refinery in 2011, which currently processes a mix of isthmus and maya crude.

SALINA CRUZ

Otherwise known as the Antonio Dovalí Jaime refinery, Salina Cruz is situated in the southern state of Oaxaca, and has a processing capacity of around 330,000 b/d. Located on the Pacific coast, the refinery provides combustibles to the entire region. In 2010, Pemex completed maintenance work at the refinery, and in 2012 embarked on a project to use natural gas instead of coke in to power various refining activities, which would earn the company carbon credits worth nearly US$2.2 million per year.