Mexican President Dedicates JV Facility for Enhanced Oil Recovery for Pemex

Mexico's President Felipe Calderon, flanked by Andres Granier, Governor of Tabasco, formally dedicated the new Air Products and Grupo Infra 90 million standard-cubic-feet-per-day (MMSCFD) nitrogen facility near Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico today. Air Products announced last month that the gas turbine and steam driven facility had begun its on-schedule supply of nitrogen to Pemex Exploracion y Produccion (PEP). The nitrogen is being injected into PEP's Jujo-Tecominoacan oil fields for enhanced oil and natural gas recovery.

"It was an honor to have President Calderon and Governor Granier personally dedicate our facility today. It was good for them to witness the collaborative work going on in Tabasco and personally view the effort to make the most of available natural resources. We believe projects like this one will increase worldwide as energy demands increase and companies seek the most economically viable way to recover additional sources of energy," said Paul Huck, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Air Products, who joined the dedication event.

Air Products has been supplying nitrogen to the oil and gas industry for enhanced recovery since the early 1980s. Nitrogen for enhanced oil and gas recovery provides continued growth opportunities for Air Products and complements the company's leading position in supplying hydrogen to refineries for the production of cleaner burning transportation fuels.

The Pemex project, which included the formation of a new joint venture company by Air Products and its Grupo Infra partner, was initially announced in 2006. Air Products and Grupo Infra have been supplying industrial gases to Pemex for over 25 years. The engineering and imported equipment for the new facility was provided by Air Products. CryoInfra supplied the local equipment and construction, and will operate the plant. Close collaboration between these two companies and close on-going communication with Pemex were the keys to the successful project execution.