Houston Refining

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Summary Information Ownership: Lyondell Basell Website: http://www.lyondellbasell.com/ Location: Houston, Texas Capacity: 13.4 million tons/annum & 268,000 bbl/day Nelson Complexity: Refining Units Crude Distillation Unit Vacuum Distillation Unit Coker FCC Diesel Desulphurisation Gasoline Hydrotreating Terminal Capacity Crude Oil: Refined Products: Crude Supply The Refinery is a full conversion refinery designed to run heavy (16 to 18 degrees API), high sulfur crude oil. Most of the crude oil used as a raw material for the Refinery is purchased under a crude supply agreement with PDVSA Petróleo, S.A. (“PDVSA Oil”), an affiliate of Petróleos de Venezulea, S.A. (“PDVSA”), the national oil company of Venezuela. Products Produced gasoline (including blendstocks for oxygenate blending), jet fuel, heating oil, ultra low sulfur diesel fuel, coke and sulfur Ongoing Projects - Other Information - History

  • The Houston refinery was one of the first petroleum refineries constructed on the Houston Ship Channel and traces its origin to 1918.
  • The initial plant was operated by Sinclair Refining and later by Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO).
  • 1993 - Lyondell-Citgo Refining LP was formed
  • 1997 - Delayed coker added
  • 2006 - PDVSA announced plans to sell the refinery
  • 2006 - LyondellBasell reacquired full ownership of the plant and the refinery, operating as Houston Refining LP, is now a wholly owned subsidiary of LyondellBasell.


  1. Refinery Webpage
  2. Management Report for the Year Ended December 31, 2007
  3. Foster Wheeler Delayed Cokers
  4. Lyondell-Citgo Houston Refinery Offered for Sale