February 13, 2008 at 11:53 am #3795
Total Plans to Add Units to Its Port Arthur Refinery (Update1)
2008-02-12 15:05 (New York)
By Robert Tuttle
Feb. 12 (Bloomberg) — Total SA, Europe’s third-largest oil
company, said it plans to add new units to its refinery in Port
The expansion includes the addition of a 50,000 barrel-a-day
coker, a desulfurization unit and a vacuum distillation unit, the
company said in a release posted on its Web site. The $2.2
billion project is scheduled for commissioning in 2011.
The expansion will increase the refinery’s production of
ultra-low-sulfur diesel, which accounts for more than 80 percent
of the diesel used by trucks and cars in the U.S., by 3 million
metric tons (about 23 million barrels) a year, the release said.
The Total refinery can process 240,000 barrels of oil a day,
according to U.S. Energy Department and company data.
Coker units take the heaviest components of crude oil and
convert them into lighter components for making fuel. Vacuum
distillation units upgrade petroleum products into higher-value,
lighter fuels such as gasoline. Desulfurization units are
involved in removing sulfur from fuels.
–Editors: Joe Link, Kim Jordan
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February 13, 2008 at 12:07 pm #7045
Update just in on Total Pt Arthur Refinery & Coker expansion
Nothing new in this Total news release (posted also on their website) about either $2.2B refinery expansion or coker – but does validate they are still actively progressing planning stage towards EPC stage.
I still have all 3 of Pt Arthur Cokers on track Motiva in EPC now, Total moving there & Valero in rear still in Planning (maybe waiting sell couple refineries get more cash – but saw they just bought some Euro refineries (Petroplus)! ). Valero did cut Texas City Crude & coker expansion from project list last spring – but I still think if it ever lines out operations that it might move back in. And they are still process looking at replacing all 6 drums at Pt Arthur and adding two more by 2010.
Think they must be listening to stock brokers & trying hedge Valero US$ in Euros$ with Petroplus buy?
February 13, 2008 at 7:58 pm #7043
Valero has said it was looking in Europe for refinery purchase but they have denied being behind purchase that was moving Petroplus stock upwards.
So at this point it is not a “buy” or even an announced interest in Petroplus…..outside the notice that Valero was going “shopping” for refineries in Europe.
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