Fluor Racks Up Another Galveston Bay Win

Fluor Racks Up Another Galveston Bay Win
Fluor will perform the engineering and procurement scope for Marathon Petroleum's STAR program.

Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) has chosen Fluor Corp to perform the engineering and procurement scope for MPC’s South Texas Asset Repositioning (STAR) program at its Galveston Bay refinery in Texas City, Texas, Fluor reported Wednesday.

“This project will continue the development of MPC’s Galveston Bay refinery into a world-class refining complex,” Mark Fields, president of Fluor’s Americas Energy & Chemicals unit, said in a company announcement.

The STAR program entails integrating MPC’s former Texas City refinery into the nearby 571,000-barrel per day Galveston Bay refinery, which is currently the second-largest U.S. refinery. According to Fluor, STAR will add residual oil processing capabilities, upgrade the crude unit and integrate facility logistics. The project will also enable the two refineries to comply with updated U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tier 3 gasoline sulfur standards.

According to an MPC presentation at the Bank of America Refining Conference in March, the Galveston Bay refinery post-STAR will boast the following capacities:

  • Crude: 611,000 barrels per calendar day (bpcd)
  • Resid: 142,000 bpcd
  • Catalytic cracking/hydrocracking: 268,000 bpcd
  • Alkylation: 53,300 bpcd
  • Aromatics: 34,700 bpcd

Fluor, which has performed feasibility studies and early engineering work for STAR, stated the program is expected to conclude in 2022.


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