Mexico's Energy Secretary authorizes the construction of country's first catalyzer plant
During the 58th Anniversary celebration of the Mexican Petroleum Institute (IMP), Rocío Nahle García, Mexico's Secretary of Energy (Sener), announced the commencement of construction for the nation's first Catalyzer Plant as a vital component of Mexico's energy policy. Notably, Mexico's refining and petrochemical industry hasn't manufactured catalysts for over six decades. The catalyzer plant, with a yearly production capacity of 890 tons, will occupy a 3,840 square meter area and encompass 12 sections, with a total cost, including equipment, amounting to 563 million pesos. This significant project is anticipated to generate a thousand direct jobs and is poised to save Pemex approximately 80 million pesos annually, currently spent on importing catalysts.
Nahle García revealed that this endeavor represents a noteworthy challenge undertaken by the Mexican government and executed by the IMP, known for its accelerated construction pace. President López Obrador is scheduled to inaugurate the monumental project a year before the end of Nahle García's administration. This initiative aligns with the Mexican government's pursuit of energy sovereignty, aiming to curtail the dependency on foreign companies for catalysts needed in the production of Ultra Low Sulfur sustainable fuels within the National Refining System. Furthermore, the national IMP plant boasts impressive infrastructure, including a team of 50 researchers, engineers, and technicians, along with 16 microplants, 18 pilot plants, 10 distillation units, 7 material scaling units, and various advanced analytical instruments such as electron microscopy, X-ray equipment, and chromatography. The catalyst plant will be situated in Boca del Río, Veracruz, and Governor Cuitláhuac García Jiménez emphasized its significance in supporting Mexico's energy self-sufficiency, marking a return to economic independence through the utilization of domestic resources.