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Shell Convent, Louisiana, refinery shuts crude unit for overhaul

February 28/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) --  Royal Dutch Shell Plc shut the large crude distillation unit (CDU) at its 211,270 barrel-per-day (bpd) Convent, Louisiana, refinery for an overhaul, reported Reuters with reference to sources familiar with plant operations.

Shell shut the 130,000 bpd VPS-1 CDU for an overhaul expected to take 30 days to complete, the sources said.

As MRC wrote previously,  a catalytic reformer was shut on Sunday night at Royal Dutch Shell Plcs 211,270-barrel-per-day (bpd) refinery in Convent, Louisiana, after a brief fire.

We also remind that operations were stable on 13 September 2019 at Royal Dutch Shell Plcs 340,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) joint-venture refinery in Deer Park, Texas, after the upper Houston Ship Channel was closed by protesters from Greenpeace USA. The Deer Park refinery is a 50-50 joint-venture between Shell and Mexicos national oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex). Shell is the managing partner of the joint-venture. Shell has three crackers at Deer Park site with a combined ethylene capacity of 1,67 mln per year and petrochemical plants.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 2,093,260 tonnes in 2019, up by 6% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased. PE shipments rose from both domestic producers and foreign suppliers. The estimated PP consumption in the Russian market was 1,260,400 tonnes in January-December 2019, up by 4% year on year. Supply of almost all grades of propylene polymers increased, except for statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers).

Royal Dutch Shell plc is an Anglo-Dutch multinational oil and gas company headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands and with its registered office in London, United Kingdom. It is the biggest company in the world in terms of revenue and one of the six oil and gas "supermajors". Shell is vertically integrated and is active in every area of the oil and gas industry, including exploration and production, refining, distribution and marketing, petrochemicals, power generation and trading.


mrcplast.com
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, crude and gaz condensate, PP random copolymer, propylene, ethylene, petrochemistry, Shell, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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