Photo: Solidified sulfur
Mexican state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos has announced plans to build the country’s first solidifying sulfur plant, a project estimated to cost more than 500 million pesos (some $38 million).
The plant will be located in the Gulf coast port of Coatzacoalcos and have an annual processing capacity of 360,000 tons, Pemex CEO Emilio Lozoya said Tuesday.
The long-term trade agreement between Pemex’s PMI Trading subsidiary and another unit, Pemex Gas y Petroquimica Basica, states that the latter contribute nearly 40 percent of its liquid sulfur production (1 million tons annually) to be solidified.
Under the accord, the sulfur is to be transported to the plant from different refineries and gas processing complexes nationwide.
That will allow PMI, as an international marketer of sulfur, to participate in foreign markets that consume solid sulfur, including China, India, Brazil and countries of the Mediterranean region, Pemex said in a statement.
Sulfur is used in the oil-refining process, as well as to make fertilizers, fungicides and insecticides, lead batteries and tires, among numerous other functions.