July 2011

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HP Construction: Total completes deep conversion project work in Port Arthur, Texas

Three-year, $2.2-billion refinery project includes 50,000-bpd coker, 55,000-bpd vacuum distillation unit and the 64,000-bpd distillate hydrotreater

DuBose, Ben, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Total has completed a three-year, $2.2 billion expansion of its refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, with all new units successfully started and onstream (Fig. 1). The deep conversion project included a 50,000-bpd coker, 55,000-bpd vacuum distillation unit (VDU-2) and 64,000-bpd distillate hydrotreater (DHT-3) (Fig. 2). The units expand the company’s ability to process heavy and sour crude oil and produce cleaner transportation fuels, such as ultra-low-sulfur diesel (ULSD), officials said.     Fig. 1. Total’s refinery complex in Port Arthur, Texas.      Fig. 2. Petroleum coke is produced when the   delayed coker is in operation

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