PEMEX Chicontepec

The Chicontepec Paleochannel was discovered in 1926. It contains one of the largest hydrocarbon reserves in Mexico. Experts estimate its potential at the equivalent of half of Saudi Arabia's store: 139 billion barrels of crude oil. This is not a single deposit, however, but rather a series of small caves, so massive and extensive removal techniques were required. To recover these reserves, we were awarded a 4-year contract to develop the Chicontepec Paleochannel.

This construct was led by ICA Fluor, which took charge of the basic and detail engineering works for access roads. Wells were drilled, compression and collection stations were built, storage and separation facilities were erected, and 570 kilometers of pipeline were installed.

Client:

PEMEX

Location:

Paleocanal Chicontepec, Veracruz

Construction start date:

2007

Work completed:

2009