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Nov. 14, 2011

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East Texas plant's expansion complete

Martin Midstream Partners LP, Kilgore, Tex., has announced that its unit, Waskom Gas Processing Co., has completed expanding gas processing capacity at its gas processing and NGL fractionation plant in Waskom, Tex.

The new nameplate gas processing capacity is 320 MMcfd, an increase of 35 MMcfd. The expansion was completed ahead of schedule and on its originally budgeted $13 million cost, the company said. In addition, Martin Midstream reported progress on the NGL rail car loading also being built by Waskom Gas Processing to move NGL produced at Waskom to end users. This project is to be placed into service in late December.

Waskom Gas Processing is a Texas general partnership equally owned by CenterPoint Energy Gas Processing Inc. and Prism Gas Systems I LP. CenterPoint Energy is a wholly owned subsidiary of CenterPoint Energy Inc.; Prism Gas operates the Waskom Gas plant and is an indirect, wholly owned unit of Martin Midstream.

Martin Midstream previously announced a project to construct crude oil tanks and a marine terminal at the Port of Corpus Christi, Tex. That project is "progressing according to plan," said its announcement, and will be able to accept trucked-in crude oil by yearend. The terminal will be fully functional by the end of first-quarter 2012.

And Martin Midstream is building a $23-million vacuum tower at its Cross Oil lubricant processing plant in Smackover, Ark. This project seeks to increase the plant's efficiency by reducing how much non-lubricant residual oil it produces. This project is to go on line in March 2012.

Wood River refinery expansion nearly complete

Cenovus Energy Inc., Calgary, says expansion of the 306,000 b/sd Wood River refinery at Roxana, Ill., is essentially finished as start-up of the expanded coker approaches by mid-November.

The $3.8 billion project will raise distillation capacity to 356,000 b/sd and gross coking capacity by 65,000 b/sd to 83,000 b/sd. When the project is complete, the refinery, owned by a 50-50 venture of Cenovus and ConocoPhillips, will be able to run about 240,000 b/sd of heavy crude oil.

Cenovus acquired its 50% interest in the Wood Refinery and a 50% interest in a refinery at Borger, Tex., with capacity to process 146,000 b/d of crude and 45,000 b/d of NGL from ConocoPhillips in exchange for 50% interests in its Foster Creek and Christina Lake steam-assisted gravity drainage heavy oil projects in Alberta. Cenovus is raising production capacity of both projects (OGJ Online, June 7, 2011).

Mongstad refinery's delayed coker due revamp

Mongstad Refining has let a $39.8 million fabrication and construction contract to Kvaerner for a revamp of the delayed coker at its 200,000-b/d refinery at Mongstad, Norway.

According to Oil & Gas Journal's Worldwide Refining Survey, the coker has a capacity of 24,800 b/cd.

Mongstad Refining is owned 79% by Statoil and 21% by Royal Dutch Shell PLC.

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