Valero Refinery Expansions Pushed Forward by Eagle Ford Production Growth – $730 Million

Valero Will Spend $730 Million on Two Expansions Along the Gulf Coast
Valero Refinery Map

Valero Refinery Map – Partial | Click to Enlarge

Valero plans to build crude topping units at its Corpus Christi, TX refinery and its refinery in Houston.

The two expansions come with a price tag of $730 million, but will likely be needed if the growth of light-sweet crude oil from areas like the Bakken, Eagle Ford, and Permian Basin continue.

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Valero Investing to Handle More Eagle Ford Oil & Other Light Crude

Processing More Domestic, Light Crude Should Improve Refining Margins
Valero Corpus Christi and Houston Refinery Throughput

Valero Corpus Christi and Houston Refinery Throughput | Click to Enlarge

Valero Energy plans to increase its light oil processing capacity at its Gulf Coast refineries by adding topping units at Houston and Corpus Christi locations.

The investments will allow the company to process more Eagle Ford oil than possible today. [Read more…]

Valero Houston Refinery Expanding for Eagle Ford Crude

$220-280 Million Will Be Spent to Allow For More Eagle Ford Crude
Valero Houston Refinery

Valero Houston Refinery | Click to Enlarge

Valero plans to boost Eagle Ford refining capability by adding a 90,000 b/d crude topper at its Houston refinery. The 160,000 b/d refinery is set up to refine the typical light, sweet crude, but the topper will allow the facility to process even greater volumes of lighter Eagle Ford Crude. As much as 40% of Eagle Ford crude production is consider condensate and has an API gravity of more than 50 degrees. [Read more…]

Flint Hills Resources Plans $250 Million Refinery Expansion

1,000 jobs will be added during the construction phase

Flint Hills Resources’ West Refinery in Corpus Christi is getting $250 million in upgrades. The improvements will allow the company to process more Eagle Ford crude and reduce emissions. The upgrades wouldn’t add capacity, but would allow the company to process more South Texas crude.

Flint Hills operates two Corpus Christi refineries. The West Refinery that will be upgraded refines 230,000 barrels of oil per day and the East Refinery refines 70,000 barrels per day. Currently, only 50% of the crude processed in the West Refinery is sourced from the Eagle Ford, but additional processing facilities will allow Flint Hills to maximize the use of local supply. The expansion will not be noticeable to the untrained eye and will add 1,000 jobs at the peak of construction. [Read more…]

NuStar – Valero Reach Eagle Ford Pipeline Agreements

NuStar Energy and Valero have reached an agreement that will help move South Texas Eagle Ford crude to local refineries. NuStar will convert a current refined products pipeline to crude oil and the line will be used to move oil from Three Rivers to Corpus Christi where Valero has an additional refinery. The company also plans a new 12 inch pipeline that will make the same journey. Valero has indicated it plans to increase the volume of crude the company is taking from the Eagle Ford and this looks to be another step in that direction.  [Read more…]

Marathon Petroleum and Valero Refineries are Adding Eagle Ford Oil

Marathon Petroleum and Valero Energy refineries are expanding to accept more Eagle Ford Shale crude oil. Both companies have expansion plans that will allow greater volumes of oil to flow through the refineries and the companies want Eagle Ford crude because it is easier to refine than the heavy crudes that are imported from South America.

On the back of Marathon Oil’s Eagle Ford Shale acreage acquisition, Marathon Petroleum might stand to benefit the most if refining margins hold.  [Read more…]

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