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Natgas pipeline fire near Citgo Corpus Christi refinery extinguished

February 19/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- A natural gas pipeline fire that began on Monday morning near Citgo Petroleum Corps (PDVSA) 157,500-barrel-per-day refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, was extinguished, reported Reuters with reference to the company's statement.

"At approximately 8:37 a.m. (local time), a pipeline owned by a third party caught fire outside the Citgo Refinery East Plant and was extinguished at 10:40 a.m. without injury," it said in a statement, adding that the incident does not pose any threat to the community and employees.

Operations at Citgos Corpus Christi refinery were not immediately affected by the pipeline fire, sources familiar with plant operations said earlier.

Investigation is underway to determine who owns the natgas pipeline, a city spokesman 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, Russia's estimated consumption of PS and styrene plastics was 46,260 tonnes in December 2019, up by 8% year on year. The estimated consumption of PS and styrene plastics totalled 500,660 tonnes in 2019, down by 1% year on year.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PS, benzene, crude and gaz condensate, styrene, gas processing, petrochemistry, Citgo petroleum corporation, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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