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Valero Port Arthur refinery restarting small crude unit

September 26/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Valero Energy Corp is restarting the small crude distillation unit (CDU) at its 335,000 barrel-per-day Port Arthur, Texas, refinery after repairing a valve on Sunday, reported Reuters with reference to sources familiar with plant operations.

Valero is also raising production on the large CDU at the Port Arthur refinery, which was cut back last week due to Tropical Storm Imelda, the sources said.

Valero placed the 75,000 bpd AVU 147 CDU on circulation as Imelda drenched the refinery on Wednesday and Thursday, flooding nearby roads and preventing the removal of sulfur extracted from motor fuel production, the sources said.

AVU 147 was returned to production on Sunday morning, but was shut to repair a valve on Sunday afternoon, the sources said.

Valero also cut back production on the 268,000 bpd AVU 146 CDU because sulfur could not be removed from the refinery, the sources said. AVU 146 began returning to full production on Sunday.

US environmental rules require sulfur be removed from motor fuels during production.

CDUs do the primary refining of crude oil into hydrocarbon feedstocks for all other production units at the refinery.

As MRC informed before, Valero Energy, together with Darling Ingredients, has recently initiated an engineering and development cost review for a new renewable diesel plant in Port Arthur, Texas in the US.

Propylene is a feedstock for the production of polyprolypele (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, the estimated PP consumption in the Russian market was 796,120 tonnes in January-July 2019, up by 11% year on year. Shipments of PP block copolymer and homopolymer PP increased.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, crude and gaz condensate, PP block copolymer, homopolymer PP, propylene, petrochemistry, Valero, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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