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Mexico's 275,000 b/d Pemex Cadereyta refinery back on line after fire

El Universal

Pemex's Cadereyta refinery

By Sergio Meana/Argus

Petroleumworld 07 28 2020

Mexico's 275,000 b/d Cadereyta refinery is operating during repairs from a 23 July fire that started during planned maintenance, but gasoline and diesel output has been reduced.

The refinery operated by state-owned Pemex will stop processing gasoil in its fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit even as it continues to process crude, one former refinery manager still familiar with day-to-day operations told Argus .

Gasoline yield from a barrel of crude will drop to 18-20pc from 33-35pc during the repairs, the source who asked not to be named said. Cadereyta processed 105,000 b/d in the week ended 19 June.

Pemex did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

Last week's fire began when workers were emptying tanks of refined products to start planned maintenance. The fire was brought under control on 24 July with no injuries or fatalities, municipal authorities said.

The planned maintenance was starting earlier than the original date of mid-August, after nearby residents complained that the refinery had been emitting clouds of yellow smoke.

Lawmakers with the national action party (PAN) in opposition to the governing Morena party demanded that the energy ministry begin maintenance at Cadereyta immediately to prevent "constant sulphur emissions that are highly harmful to people's health."

Complaints about an increase in smoke began after the energy ministry set highly ambitious throughout goals for Pemex's six-refinery system earlier this month.

By Sergio Meana from Argus Media
07 27 2020



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