Flint Hills Resources is considering spending more
than $250 million to upgrade its West refinery in Corpus Christi,
Texas, to process more Eagle Ford crude oil while
extending its ability to reduce criteria air emissions, company
officials said Thursday.
For the past three years we have watched Eagle Ford crude
production grow while processing as much as possible with our
current configuration and under our permits, said Phil
Gaarder, vice president and refining manager.
We think Corpus Christi is the most advantaged
location to process this supply and the time is here to
evaluate projects to process more of the
crude into fuels for Texas markets.
Flint Hills Resources operates two Corpus Christi
refineries: the West Refinery, with a capacity of about
230,000 bpd, and the East Refinery, with a capacity of about
To be able to process more Texas crude, we need new
processing capabilities - and we can do that with a net
decrease in refinery emissions of traditional criteria
air pollutants, Gaarder said.
With the use of state-of-the-art pollution controls
that reduce emissions beyond what is required by
regulatory agencies, we have identified ways we can continue to
decrease emissions, he continued.
If we receive the final go-ahead and appropriate
permits the site will see construction activity for about two
years, with as many as 1,000 additional workers on site on many
Flint Hills is also establishing a project-specific, near-neighbor
We hope the panel will be an additional vehicle for
answering community questions, Gaarder said. We are
committed to listening to and working with our near neighbors
and expect this committee to review the permit, seek answers to
questions, and continue to meet during the permit
Flint Hills expects to submit the permit applications to the
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the US Environmental Protection Agency in
the coming weeks, it said.