Valero expanding Houston refinery for Eagle Ford crude

Valero plans to expand its Houston refinery to process more Eagle Ford crude, in a $220 million to $280 million project.

The world’s largest independent refiner also expects to buy 2,000 railcars to compensate for a shortage of pipelines transporting the nation’s rapidly growing crude supply.

Leaders of San Antoino-based Valero announced the Gulf Coast ramp-up at a recent investor presentation, saying the company would add a crude oil topper at the Houston refinery. In early stages of the refining process, a topper separates crude into parts that will be made into various fuels.

Reuters said the topper will allow the plant to process more of the Eagle Ford’s light crude to maximize production of gasoline and diesel.

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Jeannie Kever joined the Houston Chronicle's energy team in September 2012. A native of West Texas, she has been at the Houston Chronicle since 1997, working in the features department for 10 years before moving to the city desk, where she reported on higher education, the 2010 Census and health care before moving to the business desk. She previously worked at the Sarasota (Florida) Herald-Tribune, the San Antonio Light, the Longview (Washington) Daily News, the El Paso Times and the San Angelo Standard Times.