By rail or pipeline? This is how PEMEX plans to increase shipments from Deer Park


Deer Park has four docks for loading and unloading hydrocarbons for processing and sale, and in 2022 it will ship more than 10 million finished barrels to strengthen the gasoline supply capacity in Mexico, but to increase that amount they are analyzing other logistical options. This was stated by Octavio Romero Oropeza, CEO of PEMEX.

“We are doing a study to optimize the Deer Park docks in order to have greater capacity to ship products to Mexico in a profitable manner and at the same time analyze other logistics options,” the manager said.

For his part, Manuel Flores Camacho, general director of PMI Services North America, indicated that they are currently analyzing the interconnections and investments to give the system more flexibility, expand the refinery’s shipping capacity and thus have greater integration with the oil company in Mexico.

He also explained that, in the last year, the refinery in Houston, Texas, optimized the use of maritime transport infrastructure, and dredging began to ensure a good scale and improve efficiency. Technology and programming were also implemented to increase shipments to Mexico.

Flores Camacho also reported that they are rehabilitating the port infrastructure to maintain and increase the capacity to receive hydrocarbons and send finished products by sea.

A greater contribution of finished fuels from Deer Park to Mexico would allow PEMEX to significantly reduce its imports from the United States, since only at the end of the third quarter of 2022, this refinery produced 36% of all PEMEX transportation fuels .

 The foregoing meant that the acquisition of Deer Park, together with the Rehabilitation Program of the National Refining System (SNR), will jointly reach a processing rate of close to 1,100,000 barrels per day, which amount is 83% higher than that processed in 2018.

The strategy of improving shipping logistics is part of PEMEX’s plan to achieve energy self-sufficiency, in addition, in its 2023-2027 Business Plan, the oil company highlights that it will continue with efforts to reduce its dependence on finished products, which they come from the United States, mainly.

Source: Proceso