In about a month’s time, Motiva Enterprises’ Port Arthur refinery will become the largest in the U.S., with 600,000 barrels per day of crude refining capacity. The facility will surpass ExxonMobil’s Baytown refinery that has a capacity of approximately 560,000 barrels per day. Both will benefit from growing U.S. crude supplies. [Read more…]
Chevron Phillips announced the company is going forward with a major petro-chemical facility at the Cedar Bayou Chemical Complex in Baytown, TX. The new plant will be the world’s largest on purpose 1-hexene plant and will be capable of producing 250,000,000 metric tons (551,000,000 lbs) per year.
The announcement follows a release less than two weeks ago that the company will expand NGL fractionation, at the Sweeny Plant in Old Ocean, TX, to 116,000 b/d. An increase in capacity of 22,000 b/d or almost 20%.
Both developments are the direct result of growing feedstock supplies from liquids plays that produce significant volumes of NGLs. We discussed the reasoning behind new fractionation and petchem facilities in more detail in a previous article titled Eagle Ford NGLs Adding to U.S. Supply Growth.