Mexico's Pemex looking for hydrogen supply at two refineries

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Mexican national oil company Pemex launched a process for the selection of partners to collaborate on projects to supply hydrogen to its Cadereyta and Madero refineries located in the states of Nuevo León and Tamaulipas, respectively.

The initiative will reduce costs and improve the reliability of hydrogen production, as well as reduce unplanned stoppages and allow for increased production of gasoline and diesel fuel, Pemex said in a statement.

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In February Pemex formed a 20-year strategic partnership with France's Air Liquide for supply of hydrogen to the Miguel Hidalgo de Tula refinery in Hidalgo state.

"Refinery demand for hydrogen has increased as demand for diesel fuel has risen both domestically and internationally, and as sulfur-content regulations have become more stringent," the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in a 2016 statement.

"EIA data show that much of the growth in hydrogen use at [US] refineries is being met through hydrogen purchased from merchant suppliers rather than from increased hydrogen production on-site at the refinery."