Three Rivers Refinery
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Summary Information

  • Ownership: Valero
  • Website:
  • Location: located about halfway between San Antonio and Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Capacity: 5.0 million tons/annum & 100,000 bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity:
  • Refining Depth:

Brief Description

  • A medium sized medium complexity refinery

Refining Units

  • Atmospheric Distillation
  • Vacuum distillation units
  • Catalytic reformer
  • Fluidized catalytic cracking unit (FCC)
  • Hydrocracker unit
  • Gas oil hydrotreater
  • Hydrogen plant
  • Alkylation unit

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • Connected to the Corpus Christi refinery complex by a 70-mile pipeline, which has the capacity to deliver 120,000 BPD of crude oil
  • Crude from Eagle Ford Shale Oil Field in South Texas is replacing foreign crude at the refinery

Products Produced

  • Liquefied petroleum gases (LPGs), propylene, gasoline, kerosene, jet fuel, diesel fuel, No. 6 fuel oil, petrochemicals and sulfur.

Ongoing Projects

  • NuStar Energy investing in pipeline revamps and construction to supply crude from the Eagle Ford Shale Oil Field to the refinery.
  • The pipelines will be completed in 2012

Other Information

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  • 1974 - Operations at the refinery commenced
  • 1978 - catalytic reformer added
  • 1979 - Vacuum distillation unit was added
  • 1981 - A fluidized catalytic cracking unit (FCC) and alkylation unit were added.
  • 1990 & 1992 the crude unit was expanded again.
  • 1991- A continuous catalytic reformer was added in .
  • 1993 - A hydrocracker unit was built
  • 1995 and 1996 - A gas oil hydrotreater and hydrogen plant were moved to the plant site
  • 2002 - One of six refineries acquired in the purchase of Ultramar Diamond Shamrock

Relevant Links

  1. Refinery Webpage
  2. Valero CEO says Eagle Ford crude use increasing
  3. NuStar, Valero Agree to South Texas Pipeline Projects Aimed at Increasing Transportation of Eagle Ford and Other Crude Sources

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