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October 28, 2008 at 7:56 pm #3355
Valero Energy Defers, Cancels Projects at Refineries (Update1)
By Robert Tuttle
Oct. 28, 2008 (Bloomberg) — Valero Energy Corp., the largest U.S. refiner, said it will cancel or defer projects at several refineries to cut costs by about $500 million or 17 percent.
The company canceled a coker project and delayed to 2011 from 2010 a hydrocracker project at the Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, Chief Operating Officer Rich Marcogliese said today on an earnings conference call. A paraxylene production project has been scrapped at the company’s St. Charles, Louisiana, plant.
Valero said it’s spending on capital and maintenance is expected to total $3.5 billion in 2009, down from a previous estimate of $4 billion. U.S. refiners have seen profit margins on gasoline narrow as demand slumps.
Plans to revamp the fluid catalytic cracker at the Memphis, Tennessee, refinery have been rescheduled to 2011 from 2009, Marcogliese said. A Quebec-to-Montreal fuel pipeline as well as upgrades to the Quebec refinery, including a new sulfur plant and propane de-asphalter, will be delayed until some time in the next five years.
Gasoline purchases in the U.S. were down 6.4 percent from a year earlier in the week ended Oct. 24, according to MasterCard Inc.’s SpendingPlus report.
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October 30, 2008 at 9:26 am #6494
From what I understand a bulk of thier projects were going to be funded by the sale of the 4 or 5 refineries they had on the block earlier this year. They’ve only been able to unload Krotz Springs to Alon USA and Aruba (or has that not gone through yet either) to PDVSA. The Hydrocracker project at Port Arthur is also directly tied to the Hydrocracker project at St. Charles. From what I’ve heard the St. Charles side of the work is ongoing, but the EPC is now Fluor instead of Matrix/CB&I. St. Charles was also in line to get some petrochem units like a paraxylene unit.
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