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Valero wants more hydrocracker production

By Bob Downing Published: July 15, 2012

Bloomberg News reports that Valero Enery Corp. plans to increase production by 10,000 barrels a day within the the next year at refineries in Texas and Louisiana.

Both new hydrocrackers had been planned to operate at 50,000 barrels a day, but both will run at 60,000 barrels a day, the company said.

Both units can operate at up to 75,000 barrels per day, but they won't be running at that level, the company said.

The units are at the Port Arthur refinery in Texas and at the St. Charles refinery in Louisiana.

Hydrocrackers convert heavy hydrocarbons to lighter products including distillate fuels like diesel.



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