Valero produces benzene, toluene and mixed xylenes through the extraction process and fractionation from its Bill Greehey Refinery complex (Corpus Christi, Texas) and Three Rivers Refinery.
Produced from the extraction process and is used in basic materials from plywood to Styrofoam.
Produced from the same process as benzene and is used as an octane booster for motor gasoline. It can be processed into benzene and mixed xylene or used in the process of making polyurethane foam.
· Mixed xylenes
Produced from the extraction process and fractionation. Mixed xylenes are converted into para-xylene, which is used to make polyester PET – a solid plastic.