Refining in paradise

While starting the data-gathering process each year for the Worldwide Refining Report, this editor often comes across unique refining situations that, while not applicable to that data-intensive report, nonetheless bear pointing out for the interest of our readers.Worth mentioning this year is Valero Energy Corp.'s newest refining acquisition.Nestled in the coastal region of San Nicolas on the southern part of the island, just a short stroll away from sugary sand beaches and turquoise water, lies the Aruba Refinery. Purchased from El Paso Corp., Houston, this year by Valero, the facility currently processes 230,000 b/d of heavy, sour crude oil. Its main products are No. 2 fuel oil, di...

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