Reconfiguring the refinery "Lázaro Cárdenas" Minatitlan, Veracruz, inaugurated today by President Felipe Calderón

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General Lazaro Cardenas refinery in Minatitlan, Veracruz, opened in 1906, becoming the first major refinery in Latin America. Currently developing a reconfiguration project that will allow the challenges of the XXI century as a modern workplace and profitable.

The Refinery produces a total of 10 products, eight are combustible, and two that are basic petrochemicals feedstock for the production of many synthetic materials. That diversity of products this refinery was the cradle of petrochemical plants in Mexico.

The catchment area includes the states of Puebla, Veracruz, in south-, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo, and the demand side of Mexico City.

The reconfiguration is being concluded at this refinery, allows more appropriate use of our natural resources, and that new plants are possible, from waste products of higher added value and produce fewer emissions.

On the social side, the reconfiguration project has generated significant economic flow in the southern region of Veracruz, through service companies, builders and suppliers, and encourage the creation of many jobs directly and indirectly.

Conscious of the demands of today's world, Pemex introduced strict quality assurance system based on standard ISO-9002/NMX-CC-004.

Under these principles, the reconfiguration of the Minatitlan refinery ensures that its processes, products and services meet customer requirements within a safe environment, environmental protection, productivity, profitability and continuous improvement. This system has led to significant results, certified all the production lines of the workplace. The state government recognized this achievement by giving the prize to the Quality Veracruz 1998, the refinery in Minatitlan.


  • Expanding the capacity of crude oil processing from 135 to 246 thousand barrels per day.
  • Increasing the proportion of heavy oil management (33% to 71%), raw material, given its quality is priced lower than other crude oils available with a new refining train 100% Maya.
  • Increase production and improve the quality of gasoline, diesel and other distillates.
  • Remove sulfur from distillate products complying with national and international standards on ecological, recovering sulfur and hydrogen, to obtain high octane gasoline and lower sulfur content, process heavy residues generating added value, to obtain coke as a fuel for power generation , significantly improving the processing capacity of crude oil.
  • Reduce the production of fuel oil, whose demand is decreasing in both the domestic and international levels.
  • Increasing the efficiency, profitability and competitiveness of the refinery.

Project Scope:

Construction of access road and site preparation of new plants:

  • Auxiliary Services
  • Treatment of sour water from 40 mbpd
  • Combined distillation (atmospheric and vacuum) of 150 mbd
  • Desulphuring diesel 34 mbd
  • Catalytic conversion of 42 mbd
  • 48 Hydrogen mmpcsd
  • Hydrodesulferised diesel from 50 mbd
  • 600 tpd Sulfur
  • Coquizadora of 56 mbd
  • Regenerating amines of 51 mbd
  • Hydrodesulferised naphtha 7 mbd
  • Alkylation of 13 mbd c / u
  • Pipeline 12 "pipeline 30" vent alkylation plant and hidrogenoducto 10 "

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