Raven Petroleum plans fractionator for South Texas

Raven Petroleum has received an air permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for a proposed 30,000-b/d crude fractionation unit in South Texas. The planned fractionator is to be sited in Duval County, Tex., at the crossroads of the Permian basin, Wolfcamp, and Eagle Ford shales in proximity to the US Gulf Coast, Mexico, and other US markets.

Raven Petroleum LLC, The Woodlands, Tex., has received an air permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for a proposed 30,000-b/d crude fractionation unit in South Texas.

The planned fractionator would allow Raven to produce ultralow-sulfur diesel, stabilized naphtha, and fuel gas, Raven said. The unit is to be sited in Duval County, Tex., at the crossroads of the Permian basin, Wolfcamp, and Eagle Ford shales in proximity to the US Gulf Coast, Mexico, and other US markets.

The project comes as part of Raven’s effort to meet demand of end users as well the company’s current offtake arrangements, the operator said.

Raven previously announced plans to build a full 55,000-b/d refinery and energy complex in Duval County, just outside of Laredo, Tex., to refine light, sweet Texas crude from growing shale production in the region using clean technologies, according to the company’s web site.

While Raven disclosed no further details regarding either the status of the proposed Texas project or how it will be funded, the operator did say it continues to look at other large land positions on the USGC, US Midcontinent, and abroad that could potentially host economically viable refining projects.

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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