Refinery location still up in air

Both Hidalgo and Guanajuato continue to work furiously to assemble the 700 hectare parcels that are the condition for the award of the new Pemex US$9 billion refinery project—the largest public works project of the Calderón government. Pemex clearly prefers PRI-governed Hidalgo, but has said that the refinery will go to the state that can first deliver the required land. The assembly of the parcels is tied up in the complex legal proceedings for settling land titles of communal (ejido) land, which is under the purview of the Ministry of Agricultural Reform. Secretary Abelardo Escobar Prieto said that to date Hidalgo had registered 554 hectares and Guanajuato 491. (Universal 7/31)

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