ExxonMobil plans capacity expansion at Texas refinery

ExxonMobil Corp. is planning a 20,000-b/d capacity expansion at its 345,000-b/d refinery in Beaumont, Tex., to accommodate increased processing of US light crudes.

In addition to boosting the refinery’s capacity to process light crudes from US shale, the expansion project would contribute to improved energy efficiency at the Beaumont plant, ExxonMobil said.

The additional feedstock of light crude also would enable improved production yields from the refinery, according to Fernando Salazar, manager of the Beaumont facility.

The company disclosed neither a timeline nor estimated cost for the proposed project.

The proposed expansion follows ExxonMobil’s move to increase the processing flexibility of its US downstream operations in order to benefit from growing North American supplies.

ExxonMobil recently completed a metallurgy upgrade project at the Beaumont refinery to expand the plant’s capacity to process heavy Canadian crude, the company said in its 2014 annual report to investors released earlier this year.

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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