Pemex plans ultra-low sulphur diesel investment projects in Mexico

Rebecca Hayward - 11 May 2014

Mexican national oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) has made plans to invest US$3.4 billion in upgrading 14 existing diesel plants and adding four new ultra-low sulfur diesel plants, according to an article in the April issue of the Car Lines newsletter.

The project signifies a move to the implementation of more stringent emissions legislation in Mexico and as a result could see greater use of Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology. Mexican emissions legislation for new heavy-duty vehicles has been equivalent to US 2004 or Euro IV since 2008.

According to the article, the four new plants will be constructed at the company's existing refineries in Mexico, in Madero in the north-eastern state of Tamaulipas, Minatitlan in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz, and Salamanca in the central state of Guanajuato. The company also plans to modernise four existing plants and an additional 10 plants will undergo a refurbishment program.

The project, which is expected to be completed in 45 months, will be under the control of the company's refining unit, Pemex Refinacion and an external supervision body.

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