Dos Bocas Refinery construction March 2021

ArcelorMittal plates build Mexico’s biggest refinery

The Dos Bocas refining complex is currently under construction in Tabasco, Mexico. When completed, the refinery will produce 340 000 barrels per day and will become the biggest refinery in Mexico. Industeel provided close to 6000 tonnes of special steels for the project.

Enhancing Mexico's energy independence

Initiated in 2019 by state-owned oil and gas company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), this 8bn USD project is part of Mexico's National Refining Plan that aims at reducing its reliance on fuel imports from the US. The plant will produce 340 000 barrels per day (bpd), including 170 000 bpd of petrol and 120 000 bpd of ultra-low sulphur diesel. The Dos Bocas refinery will have 17 processing plants and 93 tanks and spherical pressure vessels, as well as an autonomous power generation system.

ArcelorMittal recycled steel plates used in phase II

Industeel has already supplied close to 6000 tonnes of steel plates to fabricators designated by Samsung Engineering in partnership with Mexico-based Asociados Constructores, ICA Fluor, and Mexicana de Recipientes a Presión, working with KBR and Constructora Hostotipaquillo. Industeel supplied various types of clad, alloyed, and stainless plates, produced in its mills in Charleroi, Belgium and Le Creusot and Chateauneuf, France via the Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) route - a low-emission steelmaking process that uses high-power electric arcs to melt recyclable steel scrap.

Industeel plates will be used to build hydroprocessing reactors, distillation columns, fractionators and absorbers, fluid catalytic cracking units, separators, processing pipes, etc. This equipment is part of the second phase of the project, which amounts to 3.6 bn USD and consists of six packages in total, including the construction of a mixed plant and delayed coking plant, a diesel hydrodesulfurization (DHDT) unit, a gasoil hydrodesulfurization (HDS) unit, a naphtha hydro-treating (NHT) unit and a naphtha reformer, fluid catalytic cracking (FCC), amines regenerators, and a gas treatment plant, as well as a hydrogen production plant.

Works are ongoing with completion expected in 2022.

ArcelorMittal Europe Communications


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