El Paso Refinery

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 plant today, under common ownership.

The “North” refinery was 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 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, providing added flexibility in processing lesser grades of crude.

The refinery has crude capacity of approximately 131,000 barrels per day, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU) capacity of 33,000 barrels per day, alkylation capacity of 12,000 barrels per day and reforming capacity of 26,000 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 Pipeline. The system handles both sweet (West Texas Intermediate - WTI) and sour (West Texas Sour - WTS) crude oil. The crude oil pipeline has access to the majority of the producing fields in the Permian Basin as well as Northern New Mexico, which provide access to a plentiful supply of 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. Magellan Midstream Partners 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.  Through both WNR and WNRL storage facilities, the refinery has storage capacity of approximately 4.9 million barrels.

 

Engineer Tyler Sonntag talks about working at the El Paso Refinery.