Pemex to Publish Final Minatitlan Tenders by End-Jan.

Mexico's state oil company Pemex plans to publish by end-January tenders for the remaining two supervision contracts that make up the US$2bn reconfiguration of the Lazaro Cardenas refinery at Minatitlan in Veracruz state, a Pemex source told BNamericas.

Pemex plans to award a total of six packages for the project, each consisting of one engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract and one work supervision contract.

Pemex has awarded the supervision contract for the first package and plans to receive bids on the second on January 8, said the source, tenders department projects coordinator Fernando Valdes. The contract will be awarded by the end of the month.

Bidding rules for the supervision contracts for the third and fourth packages have also been published, and bids will be received on February 12 and February 17, respectively.

The company has published tenders in the federal register for all six EPC contracts and has already awarded the first EPC contract to Mexican company Tradeco Infraestructura to develop a 4km access road and prepare the site for reconfiguration.

The second EPC contract is for "integration," and includes services such as electric power, drainage, water treatment, cooling towers and integration between different units. Bidding rules are available through March 5, with technical bids to be opened March 11 and economic bids April 8. Work is scheduled to start on May 26.

The third contract is for a combined plant, diesel hydro desulfurization plant and catalyst plant. Bidding rules are available through April 8, with technical bids to be opened April 14 and economic bids May 12. Work is scheduled to start on July 22.

The fourth contract is for a coking plant. Bidding rules are available through May 11, with technical bids to be opened May 17 and economic bids June 15. Work is scheduled to start on July 26.

The fifth package is for a hydro desulfurization plant for gasoline. Bidding rules are available through June 4 and bids will be received on June 10, with economic bids to be opened on July 6. Work is scheduled to start on September 7.

The sixth and final package is for two alkylation plants. Bidding rules are available through May 18 with technical bids to be opened May 24 and economic bids June 18. Work is scheduled to start on August 25.

The entire refinery upgrade, including all six packages, should be completed by end-2007.

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