South Texas to Have Biggest Refinery Built Since the 70s

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A new refinery will be erected in Duval County between Corpus Christi and Laredo, Texas. The Alice Echo News Journal says they expect the creation of 1,500 of jobs to build the refinery in early 2017, along with 300 permanent jobs once the construction is complete.

According to, the refinery will “process up to 50,000 barrels of Eagle Ford shale light crude oil a day, and will have up to 4 million barrels of available storage.” The Caller-Times writes that the company, Raven Petroleum, will mainly export “diesel fuel, jet fuel, naphtha, gasoline and LPG gas products.” They’ll also ship to Mexico now that they’ve amended their constitution to import oil and gas from other countries in order to meet their energy demands.

Raven Petroleum expects the project to be completed by the end of 2018 with a price tag of $500 million. Like says, this facility will be the “largest new refinery in the U.S. in nearly 40 years.”

Hebbronville is the nearest city about six miles away. The immediate area should expect growth needed to sustain workers like housing, restaurants, and grocery and retail stores.