This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.
Texas Refinery to More than Double in Capacity
No new oil refineries have been built in the United States for more than 30 years, but that statistic hides the fact that existing refineries are constantly being expanded. A case in point: in late September, Motiva Enterprises announced its plans to expand its refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, increasing its crude oil refining capacity from 275,000 barrels per day to 600,000 barrels per day. As the company puts it, the expansion is equivalent to building an entirely new refinery. Motiva expects the expanded facility to be in full production by 2010. See the Motiva press release.