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Teamsters at Marathon St. Paul Park refinery begin strike

January 26/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Nearly 200 refinery workers represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in St. Paul Park, Minnesota, walked out on strike after failing to agree on a new contract with Marathon Petroleum by the end of 2020, said Reuters.

The union voted to authorize a strike at Marathons 102,000-barrel-per-day refinery in St. Paul Park in December of 2020.

At this time, we have safely assumed operation of the refinery with trained and qualified personnel, a company spokesman said.

As per MRC, Marathon Petroleum plans to permanently close two small US oil refineries in Martinez, California, and Gallup, New Mexico, the company said, eliminating 800 jobs in response to lower fuels demand. The largest US refiner by volume had earlier idled the two facilities following weak demand due to COVID-19 outbreaks in the United States. US refiners on average idled about 20% of total processing capacity on falling vehicle and air travel.

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

According to MRC"s DataScope report, PE imports to Russia decreased in January-November 2020 by 17% year on year and reached 569,900 tonnes. High density polyethylene (HDPE) accounted for the greatest reduction in imports. At the same time, PP imports into Russia increased by 21% year on year to about 202,000 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2020. Propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) accounted for the main increase in imports.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, crude oil, PP, PE, neftegaz, petrochemistry, Marathon, USA.
Category:General News
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