Petroleum coke could supply fuel for power plants in Mexico at the beginning of the next century. The oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) is planning four new cokers with an expected production of 4.6 million tonnes each year, Reuters reports.

According to a report from Texaco Global Gas and Power, the coke could generate low cost power which could then be sold to regional markets. The coking units, due for completion by 2001, could provide fuel for 2300 MWe of new capacity, a quarter of the total required in Mexico by 2006.