Mexico officially starts building 340,000 bbl/d Dos Bocas refinery

4 Jun 2019

Mexico has officially launched the construction of the MXN 150bn (US$8bn) Dos Bocas refinery in southeastern Tabasco state, which is aimed at processing 340,000 bbl/d of crude oil and at producing 170,000 bbl/d of gasoline and 120,000 bbl/d of diesel. The project should help reduce Mexico's dependence on gasoline imports, while developing the region. National oil company Pemex expects to complete the construction of the project in three years,  i.e. to commission it in 2022.

The project had earlier been awarded to a group of foreign companies through a tender, that was cancelled when companies put forward commissioning dates and higher than expected costs. The project was then awarded to Pemex, which already operates 6 refineries in Mexico. However, Pemex is heavily indebted and operates the existing refineries at less than 1/3 of their capacity. The newbuild project might then suffer delays.

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