Motiva Enterprises announced late last week that operations at its Convent and Norco refineries will be integrated to take advantage of increased production of lower-cost domestic shale oil. The first step in Motiva’s integration project will be the construction of the Maurepas pipeline system that will bring “advantaged” crude to the Norco refinery and connect the production systems at the two plants. According to a Reuters report, after the three-pipeline system is functional, Motiva plans to idle the 92,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) gasoline-producing fluidic catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) at the 235,000 bpd Convent refinery and expand the hydrocracking unit at the 238,000 bpd Norco refinery by 30,000 bpd. Valero implemented a similar plan with its Louisiana refineries about a year ago.
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