US Valero starts up new hydrocracker in Port Arthur, Texas

18 December 2012 23:45  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US refiner Valero has started up a new hydrocracker at its Port Arthur refinery in Texas, the company said on Tuesday.

The new unit has a capacity of 60,000 bbl/day, but permit constraints limit throughput to 57,000 bbl/day, Valero said.

The hydrocracker will be fully operational by the second quarter of 2013, the company said.

β€œThe hydrocrackers were designed to capitalise on high crude oil and low natural gas prices, and produce primarily diesel to meet growing demand in both domestic and export markets,” the company said.

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