The Worldwide Energy Consortium (WEC) is beginning the
initial engineering and permitting phase for its new refinery located near Gardendale in
La Salle County, Texas, the company said on Monday.
The site was chosen to take advantage of the oil production
from the nearby Eagle Ford Shale play, according to
company officials, considered to be one of the largest oil and
gas fields in the world.
This is the first of several planned operations by WEC in the
region, the company said.
Working closely with local officials, producers, land owners,
and state agencies, WEC said it has identified multiple
production sites that will allow it to take advantage of the
abundant resources being developed in the area.
WEC says work to build the new Whitetail refinery will begin immediately. The
facility is expected to be operational by the last quarter of
The rapid deployment of modern, cost efficient refining operations directly into
the new production regions will positively impact the
producers, consumers, and the investors in our projects," said Dave Martinelli, CEO
of Worldwide Energy Consortium.
Capacity information has yet to be disclosed.