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Dos Bocas Refinery: a race against the clock

Published 9.2.2021

Currently, at the Dos Bocas Refinery in Tabasco, the company is carrying out the execution of early works including deep foundations and soil improvement, as well as the development of engineering tasks for cost estimation. The company is also is in the process of negotiating the expansion of the scope of early activities with the execution of surface foundations and the construction of pipe racks at the Sour Water Stripping (SWS) plant and Amine Treatment Unit (ATU).

As for deep foundations, the pile works were completed in December, while soil improvement activities continued with the addition of rigid inclusions and controlled injection columns at the SWS, ATU and Water supply plants.

So far, the first part, corresponding to battery activities, has been successfully concluded, in line with the contractual program and despite the atypical rains that hit the region at the end of the year.

By the end of December, the company had 200 of its own workers on site, in addition to 360 subcontractor personnel. In the short term, the company is looking at incorporating some 1,000 people during the early activities phase, while for the EPC project stage, its plans envisage a peak of over 2,000 own workers to carry out the execution of the SWS and ATU plants.




Beyond the usual security and safety measures applied by the company throughout its projects, the pandemic context has meant adding new practices to prevent COVID-19 contagion. PCR tests are mandatory for workers joining the project, and rapid tests are required for all personnel working offsite. There is also a health filtering system in place at site entrance points where people’s body temperature is scanned and any respiratory symptoms checked.

The use of facemasks and protective eyewear is also mandatory, as well as respect for the 2-meter safe distancing rule applicable to work areas, dining rooms and personnel transport. Hand washing stations have been incorporated at different points throughout the site so that employees can use them as often as necessary.

In addition to this, random monitoring with serological and antigen tests are being carried out to identify COVID-19 cases, and protocols have been set up to erect epidemiological fences in case a positive case is identified for subsequent monitoring by the medical service.

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