Pemex Starts Up El Raudal Plant to Process Lankahuasa Gas

Mexico's state oil company Pemex started operations on Wednesday of its 660mn-peso (US$62.2mn) El Raudal gas processing station in Veracruz state, which will be supplied from the offshore Lankahuasa project, a presidential house spokesperson told BNamericas.

Mexico's President Vicente Fox attended an event to officially start the plant's operations.

The El Raudal plant has capacity to process 300 million cubic feet of gas a day, which will be filtered, dehydrated, compressed and injected into pipelines for sale, the spokesperson said.

The plant will be supplied with gas from the Lankahuasa project, one of the newest discoveries of crude oil and unassociated gas reserves, according to the spokesperson.

Pemex is developing the Lankahuasa project on the Gulf of Mexico coast in Nautla municipality, Veracruz state.

The field is in water depths of 50-500 meters. Lankahuasa's proved reserves of 252 billion cubic feet (Bf3) of gas are in an 85 sq km area, the spokesperson said.

Lankahuasa will require E&P investments of some 43bn pesos from 2006-2021, the spokesperson said, adding Lankahuasa could eventually produce 1.26Bf3/d of gas.

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