GE to upgrade compressor trains at Mexican fertilizer facility

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GE Oil & Gas recently signed a contract with Avanzia Group to refurbish and upgrade four CO2 compression trains, including all the auxiliaries and balance of plant components of Mexico’s state-owned oil and gas company Petróleos Mexicanos’s (Pemex) nitrogen-based fertilizer facility. 



The newly restored plant is likely to meet about 75% of Mexico’s domestic demand for Urea, revitalizing Mexico’s fertilizer production and reducing its reliance on imports.


Avanzia Group, a subsidiary of ACS Group, is restarting the fertilizer facility that Pemex acquired in 2014, after 15 years of being mothballed. GE said it will refurbish and upgrade rather than replace the nearly 40-year-old compression trains composed of centrifugal compressors driven by steam turbines.


Girish Saligram, general manager of Downstream Products and Services, GE Oil & Gas said, “Upgrades are at the core of our services where we can embed new technology innovations at the existing site, maximizing performance and increasing plant profitability.”