HOUSTON - September 17, 2012
Bechtel's ThruPlus® Coking Technology to be Used in Refinery in Mexico
Company announces Delayed Coking License Agreement with Pemex Refinanción
Bechtel has signed a license agreement with Pemex Refinación for the process design of a delayed coking unit (DCU) complex for the new Tula refinery project in Hidalgo, Mexico. The DCU complex will use Bechtel’s ThruPlus® Coking technology, a proprietary process for upgrading heavy oil into high value, light hydrocarbon liquids.
“The ThruPlus Coking technology and our DCU expertise will increase the Tula refinery complex’s production of high quality gasoline and diesel, and reduce the production of heavy fuel oil,” said Scott Johnson, vice president and general manager of Bechtel’s Onshore Oil and Gas/Downstream division. “The ThruPlus unit will be one of the largest DCU units in the world and will be configured as two trains with a 166-thousand barrel-per-day total capacity. We look forward to working with Pemex to achieve its goal of expanding the refinery’s capabilities.”
The ThruPlus Coking technology is managed by Bechtel Hydrocarbon Technology Solutions, Inc. (BHTS), a subsidiary of Bechtel that provides technology licensing and process consulting services to the oil and gas industry. BHTS has licensed various aspects of the ThruPlus Coking technology for five projects since acquiring it from ConocoPhilips in 2011.
A global leader in the oil and gas industry, Bechtel’s delayed coking experience spans more than 50 years and includes projects in Canada, India, Russia, and the United States.