September 24, 2007

Texas refinery poised to become largest in the U.S.

Port Arthur, Texas – Shell Oil Company has announced a final investment decision to begin construction on a 325,000 barrel-per-day (b/d) capacity expansion project at its joint venture in Port Arthur, Texas. The expansion project will increase the refinery’s crude oil throughput capacity to 600,000 b/d, making it the largest refinery in the U.S., and one of the largest in the world.

The expansion is equivalent to building the first new refinery in the U.S. in more than 30 years.

The company says that the expansion will lower most types of emissions from refinery operations on a per-barrel basis, by using advanced technology in all new system installations and replacing existing systems. The expansion will decrease emissions from present-day levels for ozone precursors, specifically nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds.

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