Premcor implements fast-track schedule for heavy oil upgrade project

A recent conversion of Premcor Refining Co.'s refinery at Port Arthur, Tex., allows it to process highly cracked stocks derived from Maya crude. Premcor addressed inherent project challenges within a fast-track schedule and the project was completed in 31 months.Since 1990, more than 10% of US refining capacity has been reconfigured to process large quantities of heavy crude oil, with delayed coking as the critical process for maximizing liquid product yield. In recent years, hydro cracking is associated with delayed coking technology in many projects further to enhance economic incentives for converting refineries to heavier, less-expensive crude oil.Project challengesPremcor named t...

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