“Also in the second quarter, we progressed on key investments to enhance our long-term profitability. We completed the cat-cracker revamp at our St. Charles Refinery and are already seeing yield improvements. At our Memphis Refinery, a third-party oxygen line was completed. As oxygen volumes increase in August, we expect additional improvements to be realized from the Memphis cat-cracker revamp completed last year. We expect both of these projects will significantly improve our reliability performance.”Commenting on the industry outlook, Klesse said, “With crude oil prices holding in a range and global economic growth continuing, refined product demand will grow. Benchmark margins in the third quarter have increased from second-quarter levels, and the forward curve shows margins are strong into 2012. We continue to see attractive opportunities to export products from our Gulf Coast refineries.”
Valero Energy Reports Second Quarter 2011 Results
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