Valero site in Port Arthur, Texas takes Alberta crude

PORT ARTHUR, TEXAS — The Valero refinery complex in Port Arthur, Texas, occupies over six square miles of concrete, pipe and everything it takes to turn Alberta bitumen into things like jet fuel and gasoline.

Currently 6% to 8% of Valero’s feedstock comes from Alberta — and general manager and Valero vice president Greg Gentry is ready for more.

“We actually still have under construction some assets to better utilize Canadian crude, if that ever shows up,” Gentry says, pointing to a coker shaped roughly like a gigantic Corona bottle outside his office window.

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