Mexico approves Pemex oil refinery constructionChristian Fernsby ▼ | August 13, 2019
The environmental regulator for Mexico’s oil industry said on Monday it had approved the construction of a refinery for state oil company Pemex, but imposed conditions to mitigate the environmental impact of the $8 billion project.
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Environmental regulator ASEA approved the project after reviewing a report prepared by Pemex that offered a mostly positive environmental assessment of the refinery’s construction despite predicting a “severe” impact on air quality.
ASEA said Pemex, while building the project, must monitor local water quality, rescue and relocate affected wildlife and protect a mangrove forest, among other mitigation measures.
Slated for completion by 2022, the refinery is expected to process up to 340,000 barrels per day of heavy crude oil. ■