Petroleos Mexicanos operates the Salina Cruz cracking refinery, which is located in Oaxaca, Mexico. According to GlobalData, who tracks and profiles more than 1,400 refineries worldwide, it is a non integrated cracking owned by Petroleos Mexicanos. The refinery started operations in 1979 and has a Nelson Complexity Index (NCI) of 8.1. Buy the profile here.

Key refinery processes

Crude Distillation Unit (mbd): 330
Vacuum Distillation (mbd): 165
Catalytic Cracker (mbd): 80
Reformer (mbd): 50
Hydrotreater (mbd): 215
Alkylation (mbd): 24
Isomerization (mbd): 14

The capacity of the Salina Cruz refinery is expected to remain the same as 330mbd by 2030.

During the period 2021-2025, the Salina Cruz refinery cracking is expected to witness an estimated $2,730m of capex.

Maintenance activities at Salina Cruz cracking refinery

The Salina Cruz refinery cracking witnessed six incidents during the period 2017-2022.

Upcoming expansion project at Salina Cruz cracking refinery

Delayed Coking Unit

Contractors involved in the refinery

Some of the key contractors for the upcoming projects at the Salina Cruz cracking refinery include the following.

Main EPC: ICA Fluor Daniel.

About Petroleos Mexicanos

Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) is a state-owned integrated oil and gas company. It operates across the value chain of the oil and gas industry, from exploration and production to processing, logistics, and marketing. The company also produces and distributes a wide range of petrochemical products. PEMEX owns and operates oil refineries, petrochemical and gas processing complexes, land and maritime terminals, oil and gas pipelines, maritime vessels, and a fleet of road transportation. The company sells gasoline and diesel in the domestic market through gas service stations under the PEMEX brand. It also exports crude oil, natural gas, petroleum, and petrochemical products to international markets. PEMEX is headquartered in Mexico City, Mexico.

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