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Valero to expand scope of US refinery rail project

11.11.2013  | 

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.

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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 hydrotreater.

Once that’s 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 it’s 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 Valero’s website.

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 cars.



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