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Summary Information

Refining Units

  • Atmospheric Distillation
  • Vacuum Distillation, 50,000
  • Fluidised Catalytic Cracker, 37,000
  • Hydrocracker, 32,000
  • Catalytic Reformer, 32,000
  • ROSE Solvent Deasphalting, 18,000
  • Naphtha Desulphurisation 35,000
  • Kerosene Desulphurisation, 6,200
  • Diesel Desulphurisation, 5,000
  • Heavy Gasoline Desulphurisation, 7,500

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • Processes between 50 percent and 80 percent medium sour crude, with remainder typically light sweet crude

Products Produced

  • Gasoline and distillate, but also petrochemicals, LPG, fuel oil and others

Ongoing Projects

  • Valero plans to integrate the Meraux refinery east of New Orleans with its 205,000 bpd New Orleans Refinery in Norco, Louisiana, west of New Orleans

Other Information

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  • 1961 - Murphy Oil acquired the refinery
  • 2003 - The ROSE unit was destroyed in a fire
  • 2003 - Murphy expanded the refinery allowing the refinery to meet low-sulfur gasoline specifications which became effective January 1, 2008.
    • The expansion included a new hydrocracker unit, central control room and two new utility boilers; expansion of the crude oil processing capacity to 125,000 barrels per stream day (b/sd); expansion of naphtha hydrotreating capacity to 35,000 b/sd; expansion of the catalytic reforming capacity to 32,000 b/sd; and construction of a new sulfur recovery complex, including amine regeneration, sour water stripping and high efficiency sulfur recovery.
    • ABB was responsible for engineering, procurement and construction for the project
  • 2005 - the Meraux, Louisiana refinery and associated assets were severely damaged by flooding and high winds caused by Hurricane Katrina.
  • 2006 - Following a nine months shut-down for repairs the refinery was restarted
  • 2010 - Murphy announced that it was to exit the downstream business
  • 2011 - Murphy announced it was selling the refinery to Valero

Relevant Links

  1. Refinery Webpage
  2. 2009 Annual Report
  3. Murphy Oil Corporation Announces Plans To Exit The Refining Business
  5. Valero Completes Purchase of Meraux Refinery and Related Assets
  6. Fire Extinguished at Murphy Oil Meraux Refinery

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