Castleton to build 100,000 bbl/day condensate splitter in Texas

06 December 2013 21:10  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Energy trader Castleton Commodities International (CCI) plans to build a condensate splitter complex in Corpus Christi, Texas, according to an air-permit application.

CCI did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.

The complex will have two fractionation trains, each with a processing capacity of 50,000 bbl/day, according to the application. The products will include Y-grade, naphtha, gas oil, diesel and jet fuel.

A jet-fuel treating unit will allow the material to meet Jet A-1 and JP-54 grade kerosene specifications, the application said.

Construction on the project could start in November 2014, and operations could begin in June 2015, the application said.

CCI was formerly Louis Dreyfus Highbridge Energy.

CCI is developing the condensate splitter as the energy boom in the US has led to increasing amounts of the material as a result of production from the country's shale formations in such places as the Eagle Ford in south Texas.

Typically, that condensate has been shipped to Canada, where it is used as a diluent for that country's oil sands.

However, other uses have also risen. LyondellBasell is using condensate as a feedstock for its crackers.

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