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Pemex to select hydrogen supply partners

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Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) has begun the process for the selection of suitable partners to supply hydrogen to refineries in Cadereyta, in the state of Nuevo León, and Madero, in the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico. Such alliances will allow for cost reduction and improvement of the reliability in hydrogen production, in order to reduce risks in the crude oil processing capacity and also reduce the frequency of unscheduled shutdowns.

These projects will also allow for the strengthening of operating performance in these refineries, and increase the production of gasoline and diesel fuels. The technical and financial proposals are currently being assessed and it is estimated that both operations will create direct profits for Pemex of close to US$134 million.

As has previously been reported, Pemex finalised its first joint venture in auxiliary services for the national refining system last February, upon entering into an agreement with Air Liquide, which created income of US$51 million for Pemex. Thus, this company, which is a world leader in the production of industrial gases, will supply hydrogen to the Miguel Hidalgo refinery in Tula for the next 20 years.

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