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Pemex to choose hydrogen suppliers

MEXICO CITY, September 13, 2017 – Mexican NOC Pemex has commenced the selection process for hydrogen supply partners at its Cadereyta and Madero refineries, the company announced in a statement on Tuesday.

The NOC is evaluating financial and technical supply proposals as part of its objectives to increase operational efficiency and production of petrol and diesel, as stated in the Pemex Business Plan 2017-2021.

“Such alliances will allow for cost reduction and improvement of the reliability in hydrogen production, in order to reduce risks in the crude oil processing capacity, and also reduce the frequency of unscheduled shutdowns,” the statement said.

 

Pemex estimates that the partnerships will result in direct profits worth nearly USD 134 million.

The 275,000-bpd Cadereyta refinery is located in Nuevo León, while the Madero refinery, which has a refining capacity of 190,000 bpd, is in Tamaulipas.

The state-owned company has already inked two hydrogen deals in 2017 with multinational industrial gas supplier Air Liquide at the 315,000-bpd Tula refinery.

In February, the companies entered into a joint venture under which the French firm will construct and operate a new hydrogen unit and supply it for 20 years. Earlier this month, Air Liquide announced that it had signed another 20-year gas supply agreement that includes the upgrade and operation of Tula’s existing hydrogen unit.

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