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Valero Port Arthur Refinery makes $100,000 donation to Lamar Institute of Technology

BEAUMONT – Valero Port Arthur Refinery presented $100,000 to Lamar Institute of Technology on March 18.

Greg Gentry, vice president and general manager for Valero Port Arthur Refinery, presented the check to Dr. Paul J. Szuch, LIT president.

The donation will provide for scholarships for students in welding technology, process operating technology, instrumentation technology, industrial mechanics, computer drafting technology and occupational safety and health technology.

The Valero Port Arthur Refinery was commissioned in 1901, and has had many process additions and improvements in its history. In 2001, nearly $850 million was invested in a delayed coker and hydrocracker to enable the plant to run heavy, sour crude.

Other investments include the recent expansion of the coker to 95,000 barrels per day from 85,000 BPD, and the most recent expansion of the crude and vacuum units have increased the refinery’s ability to process lower-cost, heavy sour crude oil and increased throughput capacity to 310,000 BPD.

The refinery is strategically located on the Texas Gulf Coast, approximately 90 miles east of Houston. The refinery’s location accommodates its extensive logistics system, which includes access to Gulf Coast water-borne crude oil via the refinery docks or through the Nederland, Texas, terminals of Sun or Oil Tanking.

Lamar Institute of Technology is a member of The Texas State University System. The Institute awards two-year associate degrees, and has more than 50 degree and certificate programs. It serves more than 3,000 credit and non-credit students annually, in both its degree and certificate programs and through its Department of Workforce Training.

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