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  • Dos Bocas refining complex

Our steel 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 6,000 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 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, 93 tanks and spherical pressure vessels, as well as an autonomous power generation system.

Our recycled steel plates used in phase II

Industeel has already supplied close to 6,000 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. We supplied various types of clad, alloyed, and stainless plates, produced in our mills of Charleroi (Belgium), 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.

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

Works are still ongoing, with a completion foreseen for 2022.