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US coking technology bound for Mexican refinery

19th September 2012

US engineering firm Bechtel to supply Mexican Pemex Refinación with coking technology for heavy-to-light oil processing

US coking technology bound for Mexican refinery
The DCU will be configured with a two-train, 166,000 barrels per day

Mexican petroleum firm Pemex Refinación has opted for US coking technology to be installed in an upcoming refinery to process heavy oil, it emerged on Monday.

Houston-based engineering and construction company Bechtel will supply the Mexican oil company with the process design of a delayed coking unit (DCU) complex, the US firm announced in a press release. The DCU will be used in the new Tula refinery project in Hidalgo, Mexico.

The DCU complex will use Bechtel’s ThruPlus Coking technology, a process which upgrades heavy oil into light hydrocarbon liquids. The unit will be one of the largest in the world, claims Scott Johnson, vice president and general manager of Bechtel’s Onshore Oil and Gas/Downstream division. It will be configured with a two-train, 166,000 barrels per day capacity.

“The ThruPlus Coking technology and our DCU expertise will increase the Tula refinery complex’s production of high quality gasoline and diesel, and reduce the production of heavy fuel oil,” Johnson added.

 

 

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