Raven General Petroleum LLC has been granted an air permit for a 30,000 barrels per day crude fractionation unit in South Texas by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The license allows Raven to manufacture ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD), fuel gas and stabilized naphtha. The company has coordinated with local stakeholders and state regulators in its efforts to get TCEQ’s approval. The facility is located in Duval County, which is a hub for oil and gas development in the U.S. The location will give access to Mexico, the Gulf Coast and other local markets and is strategically placed near the Permian Basin and the Eagle Ford Shale that safeguards the availability of feedstock. The new facility will be able to meet the rising demand from the customers with its refining capabilities.
The unit houses fractionators that will deliver the production capacity Raven need to meet the company’s current offtake arrangements. The project will equip the company to fulfill the requirements of end-users. The initial plan entailed the construction of a 55,000 barrels per day crude oil refinery and energy complex outside of Laredo, Texas. The facility is the company’s first venture in the US in over forty years. The company wants to take advantage of the surplus of Texas crude oil following the deregulation of the Mexican energy market.
Further details regarding the proposed project and the funding sources are still unknown, but Raven is exploring other properties on the Gulf Coast, Midwest and abroad to find potential locations for petroleum refining units that are economically feasible. The unit will operate on resilient technology, carbon capture technology, sustainable water solutions, clean energy including natural gas and cogeneration, according to Raven’s website. It will have a desalination plant to deal with the saline water along with a water-processing unit that will employ its proprietary technology to reuse the refined water in the system.