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Lyondell Houston refinery small CDU raised production to full capacity

October 22/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Lyondell Basell Industries was raising the production level of the small crude distillation unit (CDU) at its 263,776 barrel-per-day Houston refinery on 11 October, which was shut earlier in the day, reported Reuters with reference to Gulf Coast market sources.

The 120,000 bpd Unit 536 CDU was shut at midday on Friday after water was found in the crude being processed in the unit, the sources said.

It was approximately midday Saturday before the unit returned to full production, according to the sources.

CDUs do the primary refining of crude oil into hydrocarbon feedstocks for all other production units in a refinery to convert into motor fuels.

As MRC wrote previously, in August 2016, LyondellBasell made the final investment decision to build a high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant on the US Gulf Coast. The plant will have an annual capacity of 1.1 billion pounds (500,000 metric tons) and will be the first commercial plant to employ LyondellBasell's new proprietary Hyperzone PE technology. The start-up of the new plant is scheduled for 2019.

According to ICIS-MRC Price report, Russia's two largest HDPE producers - Kazanorgsintez and Stavrolen - have resumed their operations after long maintenance works. The plants' customers said Kazanorgsintez and Stavrolen had completely resumed their HDPE production by Monday, 21 October, after the shutdown for turnarounds. The outages were planned and began on 6 September and 26 September, respectively. These are the last scheduled turnarounds at Russian plants this year.

LyondellBasell is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its 13,000 employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, and improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road. LyondellBasell sells products into approximately 100 countries and is the world's largest licensor of polyolefin technologies.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, crude and gaz condensate, HDPE, petrochemistry, LyondellBasell, Kazanorgsintez, Stavrolen, Russia, USA.
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