Air Products has announced that a new joint venture company with its Grupo Infra partner has started supplying nitrogen to Pemex Exploracion y Produccion (PEP).

The nitrogen plant project began its supply of 90 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) of nitrogen during November.

The nitrogen from the gas turbine and steam driven facility is being supplied for injection and enhanced oil and natural gas recovery from PEP's Jujo-Tecominoacan oil fields near Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico.

$quot;The ability to extract greater quantities of oil and natural gas from existing supplies in the most economic manner is very important. We believe this technology application will be used increasingly worldwide to get the most from available natural resources,$quot; said Mike Olivares, Air Products' vice president, Latin America/South Africa. $quot;The overall effort to get the nitrogen production facility on-stream as scheduled ran very smoothly and can be attributed to teamwork and collaboration.$quot; Olivares commended the work of its partner, Grupo Infra, on this project. Air Products and Grupo Infra have been supplying industrial gases to Pemex for over 25 years.

Air Products provided the engineering and imported equipment. CryoInfra supplied the local equipment and construction, and will operate the plant. Close collaboration between these two companies and close on-going communication with Pemex were the keys to the successful project execution.