South Texas refinery says it’s going ‘green’ to win over opposition
The builders of the largest new U.S. refinery in 40 years are hoping that going “green” will help win over community opposition, but environmental activists remain skeptical.
“Once people learn how clean or green this refinery is going to be, I think it will address a lot of the concerns,” said Christopher Moore, managing director of Houston-based developer Raven Petroleum. “This is going to be a near-net-zero emission, and we will not be burning any dry gas for our energy. We will be pulling that completely from the geothermal.”
Moore signed a deal Feb. 1 with Houston-based BASIC Equipment and Austin-based Thermal Energy Partners to build a $500 million, 55,000-barrel-per-day crude oil refinery on 832 acres in Duval County east of Laredo. The refinery is designed to process light sweet crude oil from South Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale and to export diesel, jet fuel, naphtha, gasoline and liquefied petroleum gas products to Mexico’s recently opened energy market.
Raven has tapped Thermal Energy to build a geothermal power station on-site that will provide upward of 20 megawatts of power using heat drawn from wells up to 12,000 feet deep, according to chief business development officer James Jackson.
“We’re calling this the cleanest refinery model in the world — we already have requests to replicate the same thing,” Jackson said.
Written by Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News