US Valero cuts proposed project capacity at Louisiana refinery

14 January 2014 21:41 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US refiner Valero has cut the capacity of its planned expansion at its St Charles refinery in Louisiana, according to a notice filed with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality on Tuesday.

According to the notice, the company had planned to expand the refinery’s crude oil throughput capacity to 290,000 bbl/day, but is trimming that back to 275,000 bbl/day.

The filing was for air permits on projects Valero is considering for the site, company spokesperson Bill Day said.

“Nothing has been approved or scheduled yet, but the proposals include a new [benzene toluene xylene] BTX unit and a new catalytic naphtha hydrotreater,” said Day. “If built, these units, along with the new hydrocracker unit that was completed last year, will debottleneck and help boost throughput at the plant.”

Day added that earlier plans had called for larger units, so the amount of increase is not as great, but permits are granted based on potential capacity.

The new projects at the St Charles refinery have not been approved and there is no start day for construction.

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By Anna Matherne