The water management project for the “Antonio Dovali Jaime” Refinery is definitely one of the firsts of its type that has been implemented in México. The aim of this project is to reduce the water consumption through seawater desalination for steam generation and reclamation of treated wastewater for cooling purposes. For this purpose Pemex-Refinación opened a bidding process under a Build-Own-and-Operate scheme. In 1995 the partnership formed by BICONSA, Degrémont and Marubeni was awarded this project. The processes selected include: reverse osmosis for seawater desalination as well as biological treatment with nitrification-denitrification and tertiary treatment for industrial wastewater treatment. The construction of this facility started at the end of 1997 and started its operation at the end of 1999.

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