Van Oord to Reclaim 600 Hectares of Land in Mexico

Within ten months, Van Oord will reclaim twelve million cubic metres of sand to create 600 hectares of new land in Mexico. The land will be used for the new PEMEX (Petróleos Mexicanos) refinery in Dos Bocas, Tabasco.

The Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador gave the "go-ahead" for the land reclamation project on 2 June. The contract is valued at approximately 235 million euros and was awarded to a consortium of Van Oord and Grupo Huerta Madre S.A.P.I. de C.V.

Large Cutter Suction

‘We will deploy one of our largest cutter suction dredgers, type Athena, and a medium- size trailing suction hopper dredger for the land reclamation,’ said Mark Roelofs, one of Van Oord’s Dredging Directors. The project also includes 400 hectares of dynamic compaction and six million cubic metres of dry earth movement.

Self-sufficient in Refined Fuel Products

When operational, the Dos Bocas refinery will process around 340,000 barrels of heavy crude oil per day. This will make Mexico self-sufficient in the field of refined fuel products and enhance Mexico’s independency.

Picture: Land reclamation with cutter suction dredger Athena (courtesy of Van Oord).

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.

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