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Bechtel’s ThruPlus Coking technology to be used in refinery in Mexico  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Bechtel (Houston; www.bechtel.com) has signed a license agreement with Pemex Refinación for the process design of a delayed coking unit (DCU) complex for the new Tula petroleum 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,” says 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 166,000-bbl/d 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…
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