Kansas refinery starts up coke gasification unit

Anne K. Rhodes Refining/Petrochemical Editor Double-hull VLCC joins fleet The double-hull, very large crude carrier (VLCC) Raven undergwent sea trials in advance of its delivery in June to Mobil Shipping & Transportation Co. The 280,000 dwt supertanker was built by Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd.'s Oppama, Japan, shipyard. The Raven is Mobil's second double-hull VLCC, joining the Eagle commissioned in 1993. Texaco Refining & Marketing Inc. has started up a gasification unit at its El Dorado, Kan., refinery (see cover photo). The unit gasifies delayed coke and other refinery waste products. Recently retired refinery manager Roy Sheffield says this is the first refiner...

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