By Jesús Córdoba Domínguez Chief Engineering & Construction Officer, IEnova
The Energy Reform was a decisive step on the path to modernize the Mexican energy sector, which, without privatizing the Productive State Companies engaged in the production of hydrocarbons and electricity, establishes since 2016, hydrocarbons should be imported freely to be able to meet the demand for fuels in Mexico.
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The Veracruz Refined Product Storage Terminal
It is in this context that IEnova began the design of the Veracruz Refined Products Storage Terminal in July 2017. This Terminal was assigned through a Public Tender, via a Partial Assignment of Rights, to develop a refined products terminal in the New Port of Veracruz.
The Terminal has a net nominal storage capacity of 2.1 million barrels, distributed in 12 atmospheric storage tanks covering an area of 14.7 hectares (36.32 acres) with a 300-meter (984 ft.) seafront for the specialized maneuvering of bulk fluids containing petroleum derivatives. Refined products stored and distributed are diesel, Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE), premium gasoline, and regular gasoline.
Veracruz Refined Products Storage Terminal is part of a comprehensive project that also consists of two refined product storage terminals, located in Puebla and Mexico City, with a net capacity of 640,000 barrels each.
IEnova receives the products in a mooring zone that allows their arrival in tanker vessels. In this zone, the fuel is unloaded through five discharge arms and then goes through a metering system, before being sent to storage.
The Terminal dispatches fuels to tanker-trailers in five filling bays using six filling arms to deliver gasoline, diesel, and kerosene; then distributes them throughout the state of Veracruz.
This terminal also sends hydrocarbons via railroad to land-based terminals located in the State of Mexico and Puebla supply, at competitive prices, to a large part of the country’s central region.
The terminal’s connectivity to the Mexican supply chain
Dstribution to land-based terminals is possible through 26 tanker car dispatch positions, with a pumping capacity of 15,600 GPM for the simultaneous filling.
In this regard, the facility’s design meets the highest national and international standards, thereby guaranteeing IEnova’s commitment to quality, safety, health, and to the environment.
The technological equipment is first- class. It has mechanical pantograph-balanced coupled discharging arms that provide stability and resistance necessary for the most demanding tasks, metering skids, and a pumping system to meter and transport fuels.
Additionally, it has an automated tanker trailer and tanker car filling system; a vapor recovery system to prevent atmospheric emissions; a process control system; an emergency shutdown system, firefighting foam and water system; sectioning and emergency valves that operate and ensure operational safety through control links; also, a terminal communication management system to control product reception, send-out, and inventory.
Moreover, the entry of fuels into the country has been diversified with the operation of the Veracruz Refined Products Terminal, thereby strengthening the supply chain. Previously, a large majority of the demand of the central region of the country used to enter through the Port of Tuxpan, Veracruz.