By ELIOT CAROOM
SAN ANTONIO (Bloomberg) -- Valero Energy is
seeking approval to double the amount of crude handled by a
planned rail project at the St. Charles, Louisiana, refinery and to add a unit to a
proposed plant expansion.
A permit application filed with the state on October 24
shows plans for an rail car unloading station that could
receive as much as 30,000 bpd, up from 15,000. Valero was
authorized to build the project in January.
The company also asked to revise an expansion project first approved in 2007 so
that the refinery can add a catalytic naptha
Once thats complete, Valero plans to operate an
aromatics BTX extraction unit, a fourth sulfur recovery unit, a
sixth river dock and a new crude desalter.
The application was done in anticipation of possible
future projects that have not been approved or budgeted
yet, Bill Day, said by e-mail. All of these are
still in the discussion phase, and so its too early for
us to talk about them in detail.
Valero requested the permits be issued on an expedited basis
by February 28. The revision to the expansion is the final design change
for the project.
The St. Charles refinery has a capacity of 250,000
bpd, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. It receives oil
by pipeline from the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port and from five
docks along the Mississippi River, according to Valeros
Valero said in a presentation for an energy conference in
September it expected to transport 20,000 bpd of Canadian heavy
crude to the plant by the Q1 of 2014 using company-owned rail