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Valero delays Pt Arthur Coker 2012 to coincide with CA P/L completion

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    Valero to delay coker to coincide with Canada pipeline completion

    By THE ENTERPRISE  September, 3, 2008

    Valero Energy Corp. chief ex-ecutive Bill Klesse told investors and analysts today the company plans to delay the construction start of a new coker unit at the Port Arthur refinery for about a year.
    Valero spokesman Bill Day said the new unit’s construction, originally planned to begin in 2011, would be delayed to coincide with completion of a pipeline from Canada that would deliver heavy crude oil. The coker would remove sulfur from the crude oil.

    Valero already is building a hydrocracker unit worth $1.6 billion that would add hydrogen to crude to make diesel fuel and jet fuel. That unit will be completed in 2010, Day said. The coker unit construction probably would start a year later than originally planned, Day said.
    Meanwhile, the Port Arthur refinery is continuing to raise its daily capacity as crude supplies recover from disruptions caused by Hurricane Gustav.

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