The El Paso refinery is located approximately three miles east of downtown El Paso, Texas and is located on approximately 555 acres. The refinery
was originally two facilities but the operations of the two plants were combined in 1993 and continue to operate as one entity today.
The “North” refinery was originally built by Standard Oil Company (later Chevron) in 1928 and was significantly modernized in 1957. It was subsequently
modernized again in 1972 with the addition of a naphtha hydrotreater, catalytic reformer, and sulfur plant.
The “South” refinery was originally built by the Texas Company (later Texaco) in 1931 and was significantly modernized in 1954. The facility was
subsequently sold in 1986 to El Paso Refinery, L.P. (EPR) and was again significantly modernized and expanded to more than three times its previous
operating capacity between 1986 and 1991. The refinery has added a diesel hydrotreater, gasoline hydrotreater, and numerous additional units during
the last few years providing added flexibility in processing lesser grades of crude.
The refinery has crude capacity of approximately 128,000 barrels per day, FCCU capacity of 29,500 barrels per day, alkylation capacity of 10,000
barrels per day and reforming capacity of 18,000 barrels per day.
The refinery has marketing terminals and loading racks with the loading rack having an estimated maximum capacity of 36,000 barrels per day.
Crude oil is delivered to our El Paso refinery via a 450-mile crude oil pipeline owned and operated by Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, or Kinder
Morgan. The system handles both sweet (WTI) and sour (WTS) crude oil. The main trunkline into El Paso is used solely for the supply of crude oil to
us, on a published tariff. We acquired the crude oil pipeline in 2003 from Chevron. In 2004, we sold the crude oil pipeline to Kinder Morgan, and
we simultaneously entered into a 30-year crude oil transportation agreement with Kinder Morgan. The crude oil pipeline has access to the majority
of the producing fields in the Permian Basin, which gives us access to a plentiful supply of WTI and WTS
crude oil from fields with long reserve
lives. We also have access to blendstocks and refined products from the Gulf Coast through the Magellan South System pipeline that runs from the
Gulf Coast to our refinery. Products are delivered from our El Paso refinery by truck, rail, and pipeline. There are three product pipelines out
of El Paso. Chevron Pipe Line operates a line to Belen and Albuquerque, New Mexico and a line to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Kinder Morgan operates a
line from El Paso to Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona. Western ships on all of these pipeline systems. The refinery has storage capacity of approximately
4.3 million barrels..