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COVID-19 - News digest as of 16.04.2020

April 16/2020

1. MEGlobal contributes to non-profits impacted by COVID-19

MOSCOW (MRC) -- As the impacts of COVID-19 continue to be felt around the world, local non-profit organizations are stepping to the forefront to help meet the increased need for food and other basic necessities, said MEGlobal. MEGlobal is stepping up with them, providing monetary contributions to Blackfalds Food Bank (USD4,000), Red Deer Food Bank ($6,000), Fort Saskatchewan Food Bank (USD5,000) and Actions Inc. of Brazoria County (USD5,000).

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2. Brazil gasoline, ethanol sales down 30-35% amid coronavirus

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Brazilian fuel distributor Petrobras Distribuidora SA, better known by its BR Distribuidora brand name, has seen demand for gasoline and ethanol plummet during the new coronavirus outbreak, its chief executive officer told Reuters. CEO Rafael Grisolia said the companys sales for those fuels initially fell 60% after the arrival of the disease in Brazil, and in recent days has recovered slightly with demand down 30-35%, compared to levels prior to the outbreak.

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3. Sinopec boosts refineries Apr crude run by 8% from March

MOSCOW (MRC) -- China"s Sinopec increased its April utilization rate by about eight percentage points from March as more and more of its refineries raised crude runs to levels that were reported prior to the spread of COVID-19, a survey by S&P Global showed. As a result, China"s throughput is likely to hit 12.5 million b/d in April, or 90% of the level achieved in January, after falling by about 3.3 million b/d in February, Platts data showed.

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4. ATS Automation addresses COVID-19 medical equipment shortages

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Automation supplier ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. has highlighted some of the ways in which its technologies are helping to expedite the production of medical equipment to address the COVID-19 healthcare crisis, said Canplastics. "Around the world, organizations needing to overcome capacity constraints and supply chain shortages are turning to ATS to scale up production of critical medical devices and quickly pivot manufacturing output, said Andrew Hider, CEO. Were enabling customers to manufacture important products such as ventilators and respirators, that are desperately needed to treat patients, protect healthcare workers and contain the coronavirus pandemic. We are proud to play our part and ready to do more."

http://www.mrcplast.com/news-news_open-369251.html

5. Tankers pile up off European coast as onshore storage sites hit limit

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Dozens of tankers holding jet fuel and gasoline are at anchor in sea lanes around Europes main storage hubs, unable to discharge their cargoes as onshore tanks are full to capacity following the collapse in demand linked to the coronavirus crisis, reported Reuters. Nearly 1 million tonnes of refined products are parked on around 30 tankers off Europes coast, Reuters calculations found.

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Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:Asia, Europe, crude and gaz condensate, medicine, petrochemistry, MEGlobal, Sinopec, COVID-19, Brazil, China.
Category:General News
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