EPA approves Flint Hills refinery upgrade in Texas
The EPA issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permit to Flint Hills in Corpus Christi, Texas, to modify its existing petroleum refinery.
The US Environment
al Protection Agency
(EPA) recently issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention
of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction
permit to Flint Hills
Resources in Corpus Christi, Texas, to modify an existing
The $600 million project
was originally announced
by Flint Hills in August 2012, with the company submitting
permit applications in December 2012.
The approval will allow Flint Hills to modify equipment at
its 230,000 bpd West refinery
in Corpus Christi to
help it take advantage of processing more crude oils from
the nearby Eagle Ford shale.
Modifying the facility will employ up to 2,000 people, with
36 permanent employees expected. The permit became effective
immediately upon signature.
In June 2010, EPA finalized national GHG regulations, which
specified that beginning on January 2, 2011, project
s that increase GHG emissions
require an air permit.
The EPA says it believes states are best equipped to run GHG
air permitting programs. Texas officials are currently
working with EPA to replace a federal implementation plan
with an individual state program, which would eliminate the
need for businesses to seek air permits from EPA.
EPA has finalized 39 GHG permits in Texas, proposed an
additional 10 permits, and currently has over 22 additional
GHG permit applications under review and permit development
Flint Hills operates a 70,000 bpd East refinery
in Corpus Christi.