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As CEO Joe Gorder put it when the company released its annual financial report, Valero faced another “challenging environment for the refining business” in 2019. Net income sank 17% year-on-year, to $2.8 billion, even as refinery utilization was at 96% and the company refined record amounts of oil. The business completed a network of central Texas pipelines and terminals, extending the reach of its vast U.S. shale business deeper inland. Its 2020 growth ambitions suffered a blow in late November when its renewable fuels business stumbled: Two ethanol plants were forced to close temporarily, and additional plants went offline in March 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic destroyed demand for any and all types of energy.
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