Mexico Energy Minister Rocío Nahle and Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) CEO Octavio Romero Oropeza took the stage during President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s morning press conference on Tuesday to outline their plans for getting to energy self sufficiency and boosting natural gas output. 


With a three-year plan focused heavily on the downstream, the two officials said Mexico was set to achieve the long-promised aim of self-sufficiency in refined crude. Driven by the construction of the 340,000 b/d Dos Bocas refinery in Tabasco, the addition of the 340,000 b/d Deer Park refinery in Texas, and 100,000 b/d of new refining capacity at the Cangrejera petrochemical complex in Veracruz, Mexico would be able to process all its crude in Pemex facilities in 2023, Nahle said.

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