Chevron Refinery Awaits Controversial Pipeline’s Finish

Chevron Refinery Awaits Controversial Pipeline’s Finish

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PASCAGOULA, Miss. -

From the air you can really get a sense of its large footprint.  Despite all the pipes you can see on the ground, Chevron only gets a quarter of its oil from pipelines.  Most oil comes by large tankers--about eight dock a month. Pipelines don't get shut down by storms.

“It gives us an extra dependable way to get crude and also helps us in keeping in segregated,” says Public and Government Affairs Manager for Chevron Alan Sudduth.  That segregation is important.  The Plains pipeline will carry base oil.  It can be used in fuel but will likely make lubricants, but it must be kept isolated from the vast majority of oil coming in here that's used for fuel. 

The Pascagoula base oil project is a new $1.4 billion facility to process the oil coming from the Plains pipeline.  It’s credited with creating 1500 construction jobs over the last two years.  The Plains pipeline oil will also come from boats via the port of Mobile.  Chevron is trying to hedge its bets in a storm.  Generally Pascagoula and Mobile ports are never closed at the same time. 

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