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Citgo refinery restarts coker

October 18/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Citgo Petroleum Corp restarted the coker at its 157,500 barrel-per-day (bpd) Corpus Christi, Texas, refinery, reported Reuters with reference to sources familiar with plant operations.

The 44,000 bpd coker was taken out of production on Oct. 4 to repair a compressor, the sources said.

As informed before, in May 2019, Citgo restarted larger reformer at its US Corpus Christi 52,000 bbl/day refinery with capacity 225,000 benzene; 180,000 toluene tonnes/year.

Benzene is a feedstock for the production of styrene monomer (SM), which, in its turn, is a feedstock for manufacturing polystyrene (PS).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russian plants reduced their output of general purpose polystyrene (GPPS) and high impact polystyrene (HIPS) in August 2019 by 19% year on year to 27,280 tonnes. This figure was at 33,5400 tonnes in August 2018. Russia's August GPPS and HIPS production decreased by 15% from July 2019. PS production slightly increased in the Russian market in January-August 2019. Thus, the increase was 1% year on year: 251,690 tonnes versus 248,150 tonnes a year earlier.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PS, benzene, crude and gaz condensate, GPPS, styrene, HIPS, petrochemistry, Citgo petroleum corporation, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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