(Reuters) - Refiners along the Gulf Coast are benefiting from growing supplies of cheap crude produced nearby at the Eagle Ford shale play in southeast Texas.
Refiners are starting to look at the very light crude, which has an API density of between 40 and 50 degrees, to either run on its own or blend with heavy, sour regional crudes to make a similar crude to the Gulf Coast’s popular Light Louisiana Sweet crude.
Following is a list of companies that are running Eagle Ford crude.
* Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC.N) is running Eagle Ford shale at its 76,000 bpd refinery in Texas City, Texas, which is only able to run light sweet crude. The company has not given the amount of Eagle Ford crude it will run at the plant.
* Flint Hills, a wholly-owned subsidiary of privately-held Koch Industries, runs about 60,000 barrels per day of Eagle Ford at its 300,000 bpd refinery in Corpus Christi.
* Valero Energy Corp (VLO.N) said it plans to run 60,000 barrels per day next year at its 100,000 barrel per day refinery in Three Rivers, Texas. Current estimates are the plant runs about 40,000 bpd of Eagle Ford.
* Valero also plans to increase runs of Eagle Ford at its Corpus Christi refinery to 45,000 bpd from about 25,000 bpd now.
Reporting by Janet McGurty in New York; Editing by Alden Bentley