Pemex lets contract for Salamanca refinery

Pemex Transformacion Industrial (formerly Pemex Refinacion), the newly created fuel processing subsidiary of Mexico’s state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), has let a contract to Samsung Engineering Co. Ltd., Seoul, for work related to the second phase of the country’s ultralow-sulfur diesel (ULSD) project at the Antonio M. Amor refinery in Salamanca, Guanajuato, about 250 km northwest of Mexico City.

As part of the $552-million contract, Samsung Engineering will deliver engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning for a 38,000-b/sd hydrodesulfurization (HDS) unit, a 5,000-b/sd sour water stripper, and the revamp of three existing HDS units with a total capacity of 53,000 b/sd, the service provider said.

This latest contract for the second phase of the Salamanca program follows Pemex’s $80-million contract award last year to Samsung Engineering for detailed engineering and procurement of long-lead items for the project’s first phase, which was completed during September (OGJ Online, Feb. 18, 2015; Sept. 17, 2014).

Samsung Engineering said it expects to complete the Salamanca ULSD project in its entirety during third-quarter 2018.

Earlier in the month, Pemex said it would spend a total of $3.9 billion to build 19 plants and modernize 17 existing units at all six of its Mexican refineries as part of its nationwide ULSD program in an effort to help reduce the country’s need for ULSD imports (OGJ Online, Dec. 9, 2015; Sept. 15, 2014).

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