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Summary Information

  • Ownership: Flint Hills Resources
  • Website: http://www.fhrinfo.com/
  • Location: Corpus Christi, Texa, USA
  • Capacity: 14.5 million tons/annum & 289,000 bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity:
  • Refining Depth:

Brief Description

  • A large complex refinery, with cracking and finishing units, comprising of three connected processing complexes. The refinery is a combination of two plants, the West Refinery, with a capacity of about 230,000 barrels per day, and the East Refinery, with a capacity of about 70,000 barrels per day.
  • he refinery is capable of producing high specification products.

Refining Units

  • Atmospheric Distillation, 189,000
  • Vacuum Distillation, 87,500
  • Delayed Coker, 14,000
  • Fluidised Catalytic Cracking, 106,700
  • Hydrocracker, 13,000
  • Catalytic Reformer, 49,500 + 18,000
  • Desulphurisation
    • Naphtha , 82,600
    • Gasoline, 45,000
    • Kerosene, 15,500
    • Diesel, 54,000
  • Heavy Gas Oil, 53,000

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • The refining complex receives crude oil and other raw materials via the Corpus Christi Ship Channel and pipelines
  • About 20% of the crude processed is coming from the Eagle Ford Shale Oil Field

Products Produced

  • low-sulfur gasoline and diesel, and jet fuel

Ongoing Projects

  • Jacobs Engineering is performing engineering, procurement, and construction services for a new diesel desulfurization unit.
  • The estimate for the overall project, which includes the construction of the desulfurization unit, is estimated to be more than $250 million

Other Information

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  • 1952 - Construction of the original refinery began
  • 1981 - Koch Industries, Inc. purchased the West Refinery from Sun Oil Company
  • 1994 - the $250 million mid-plant refining complex was completed
  • 2000 - Koch Industries settles a lawsuit brought by the EPA
  • 2005 - Foster Wheeler Awarded Coke Drum Replacement Project
  • 2008 - Jacobs Receives Diesel Desulfurizer Contract From Flint Hills Resources
  • 2012 - Project launched to enable refinery to process more Eagle Ford crude oil
  • 2015 - Upgrade project started

Relevant Links

  1. Refinery Webpage
  2. Jacobs Receives Diesel Desulfurizer Contract From Flint Hills Resources
  3. Factbox: U.S. refiners running Eagle Ford Shale oil
  5. Foster Wheeler Awarded Coke Drum Replacement Project For Flint Hills Resources in Corpus Christi, Texas
  6. Flint Hills Resources Studying Opportunities To Refine More Texas Crude While Continuing Success In Decreasing Emissions
  7. Wood Group provides engineering services for Flint Hills Resources refinery upgrade

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