This would shrink the Martinez, Calif.’s refinery’s reliance on heavy oils and is part of an effort to run lighter crude, the news agency says.
Shell has applied for a permit to shut the flexicoker at the 156,400-barrel-a-day plant as fracking and horizontal drilling produce record volumes of light oil in other parts of the US benefiting from the shale boom.
Last September Shell selected Ascension Parish, near Sorrento, La., as the site for its planned $12.5 billion gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility. The company’s Gulf Coast GTL facility would be one of the first of its kind built to commercial scale in the US, the company says. If built, the proposed project would use natural gas to create cleaner-burning transportation fuels, such as natural gas-based diesel and jet fuels and other products, such as specialty waxes and the building blocks for lubricants, plastics and detergents.