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Valero Energy Corp. retrofits Quebec refinery to process North American crude oil

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Valero Energy Corp. retrofits Quebec refinery to process North American crude oil - San Antonio Business Journal

San Antonio Business Journal

The San Antonio-based company is quietly retrofitting its North American refineries to process domestically sourced crude oil.

Valero (NYSE: VLO) revealed in an investors' presentation released earlier this week that its Jean Gaulin Refinery in Quebec will be processing 100 percent North American crude oil by the end of the year.

The Jean Gaulin Refinery is processing about 80 percent North American-sourced crude oil but will be at 100 percent once a project to modify the Enbridge Line 9B Pipeline is completed in the fourth quarter. The project will reverse the flow of the pipeline to enable oil from the tar sands region of Alberta to flow east to Valero's refinery in Quebec.

Day said Valero's Ardmore, McKee, Memphis and Three Rivers refineries can already process 100 percent North American crude oil, while other plants are processing an increasing amount of North American crude.

The investors presentation shows that Valero is expanding its capacity to process a total of 185,000 barrels per day of light sweet crude from the Eagle Ford and other shale plays at the company's McKee, Houston and Corpus Christi refineries in Texas.

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