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Large crude unit shut at Lyondell oil refinery

February 25/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- LyondellBasell Industries shut the large crude distillation unit (CDU) at its 263,776-bpd Houston oil refinery to begin repairs to the cooling water system, said two sources familiar with plant operations, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Prior to being shut, the 147,000-bpd 537 CDU was circulating at minimum operating levels following the severe winter weather that hit the Houston area on Feb. 15, the sources said.

Lyondell spokeswoman Chevalier Gray declined to discuss the status of individual units at Lyondells Gulf Coast assets.

Power has been restored to our U.S. Gulf Coast asset locations and personnel are performing storm-related repairs, Gray said. When repairs are complete and raw materials and utilities become available, we will safely resume operations."

Lyondell shut the 120,000-bpd 536 CDU on Feb. 1 for planned maintenance.

As per MRC, LyondellBasell  (LBI), one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world and the China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), one of the largest integrated energy companies in China, have announced the signing of an agreement to form a 50:50 joint venture (JV) which will produce propylene oxide (PO) and styrene monomer (SM) in China's domestic market. First announced on December 23, 2019, the JV will operate under the name Ningbo ZRCC LyondellBasell New Material Company Limited.

We remind that in September 2020, LyondellBasell announced that Duqm Refinery and Petrochemical Industries Company LLC (DRPIC) selected LyondellBasell's world-leading polypropylene (PP) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) technologies for a new facility. The new plants will comprise of a PP plant that will utilize LyondellBasell's Spheripol PP process technology to produce 280,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of PP and a 480-m.t./yr high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plant which will utilize LyondellBasell's Hostalen ACP process technology and will be built in Al Duqm, Oman.

Styrene is the main feestock for the production of polystyrene (PS).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated consumption of PS and styrene plastics totalled 454,990 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2020, which corresponds to the last year's figure. November estimated consumption of PS and styrene plastics grew by 4% year on year to 45,830 tonnes.

LyondellBasell is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its 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, improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road, and ensuring the safe and effective functionality in electronics and appliances. LyondellBasell sells products into more than 100 countries and is the world's largest producer of polymer compounds and the largest licensor of polyolefin technologies. In 2020, LyondellBasell was named to Fortune Magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for the third consecutive year
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:ABS, petroleum products, crude oil, PP, PS, PE, neftegaz, petrochemistry, LyondellBasell.
Category:General News
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