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Pemex Concludes Maintenance Work at Salina Cruz Refinery

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Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Petroleos Mexicanos, the state-owned oil company, said it is concluding maintenance at its Salina Cruz refinery in the southern state of Oaxaca this week.

Pemex, as the Mexico City-based company is known, expects to resume operations today on one of its catalytic units. A hydrodesulfurization unit is now operating at 50 percent capacity and should reach full capacity between today and tomorrow, the oil producer said in an e-mailed statement.

A viscosity reducer unit and a primary plant are also operating in a “normal way” after Pemex wrapped up maintenance work, the company said.

Output from the Salina Cruz refinery, Mexico’s second largest last year, fell in October to the lowest in 16 months to 244,841 barrels a day. The company had said that the plant output wasn’t expected to be affected because it was increasing production at other units to offset any reduced fuel output stemming from the maintenance.

To contact the reporter on this story: Carlos M. Rodriguez in Mexico City at carlosmr@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dale Crofts at dcrofts@bloomberg.net.