Texas, Louisiana Gulf Coast Region Prepares for Refining Projects
In the eight market regions that comprise the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast region, Industrial Info is tracking nearly $6 billion of Petroleum Refining projects that are currently under way or planned to kick off in the future. The projects are varied in scope, ranging from capital projects worth several hundred million dollars to smaller maintenance projects.
In its upcoming Market Outlook in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which will be held Wednesday, November 16, Industrial Info's industry experts will be presenting about the Petroleum Refining Industry, Power Industry, Oil & Gas industries, and Petrochemicals.
One of the largest Refining projects being tracked by Industrial Info in the region is the addition of a hydrofluoric acid (HF) alkylation unit at Valero Energy Corporation's (NYSE:VLO) (San Antonio, Texas) refinery in Houston, Texas. The 13,000-barrel-per-day (BBL/d) unit will convert natural gas liquids into alkylates to produce a higher-value gasoline blendstock. The project is planned to kick off early next year and could be completed in early 2019. Burns & McDonnell Incorporated (Kansas City, Missouri) is acting as engineering and construction firm on the project.
Chris Paschall, Industrial Info's vice president of research for the Petroleum Refining Industry, says, "While we haven't seen a new large-scale, integrated refinery built in the U.S. for decades, what we have seen over the past several years are unit additions and modernizations to take advantage of different feedstocks and meet new fuel requirements."
One such unit addition is a gasoline hydrotreater addition at Marathon Petroleum Corporation's (NYSE:MPC) (Findlay, Ohio) refinery in Texas City, Texas. The 35,000-BBL/d hydrotreater will reduce sulfur content in gasoline from 30 parts per million (ppm) to 10 ppm to meet U.S. Tier 3 gasoline standards. The project kicked off in September and will take about a year to complete. Fluor Corporation (NYSE:FLR) (Irving, Texas) is acting as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor on the project.
In addition to major capital projects in the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast region, Industrial Info is also tracking 95 maintenance projects valued at $675.5 million. Among these is Valero's FCCU and SF Alkylation Unit maintenance turnaround at its Houston Refinery. The project is scheduled for the first quarter of next year.
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