PEMEX to Invest in Gas Processing Centers
PEMEX Director General Octavio Romero Oropeza announced that the NOC is planning to enhance the gas industry through the increased capacity of humid gas processing plants. The state company is already carrying out construction works at processing centers in Tabasco and Chiapas.
Romero reported that two strategic projects will be executed at PEMEX’s gas processing center in Macuspana, Tabasco to increase the processing capacity of humid gas. The first project would grow production from 700MMcf to 900MMcf. The second project entails the construction of a plant to eliminate nitrogen from natural gas streams coming from the Cantarell and Ku-Maloob-Zaap deposits.
Moreover, Jorge Basaldúa Ramos, Head of PEMEX Industrial Transformation (TRI), explained that the project of nitrogen recovery from gas seeks to increase PEMEX City’s plant capacity, which currently stands at 630MMcf. The new project contemplates 900MMcf as well as higher-quality gas.
Basaldúa mentioned PEMEX can only remove 19% of nitrogen from natural gas. The number will grow to 79% following the project. This nitrogen can then be injected into nearby oilfields to enhance production in mature fields.
Both projects will enable to expand the recovery of suspended solids used in petrochemical plants in the southeast.
Romero detailed that at the Cactus Processing Center, the biggest in the country, two new plants will begin operating to process between 500MMcf and 700MMcf of humid gas. He said that MX$550 million (US$29.5 million) will be invested to repair the plant in the facility.
The processing centers have the objective of treating natural gas by eliminating pollutants and separating its components. According to PEMEX’s Business Plan 2023-2027, one of the goals for the next years is to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions through the refurbishment and rehabilitation of sulfur recovery plants in gas processing centers and refineries.