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Valero Q2 operating income fell 72%

August 02/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Valero Energy Corp said its adjusted profit rose in the second quarter from the previous three-month period, as fuel consumption improved with the easing of coronavirus-related travel restrictions, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Adjusted net income attributable to Valero stockholders was USD197 million, or 48 cents per share, for the three months ended June 30, compared with USD140 million, or 34 cents per share, in the prior quarter.
Valero's Q2 operating income fell 72% year on year as sales growth was outpaced by an increase in total cost of sales.

In the refining segment, Valero reported operating income of USD349m, compared with USD1.8bn for Q2 2020. Our systems flexibility and the teams relentless focus on optimisation in a weak, but otherwise improving, margin environment enabled us to deliver positive earnings in the second quarter, said CEO Joe Gorder.

In its renewable diesel segment, Valero reported USD248m of operating income, up from USD129m in Q2 2020, and in the ethanol segment it reported USD99m of operating income, up from USD91m from Q2 2020. Valero continues to expand capacity at its Diamond Green Diesel (DGD) joint venture with Darling Ingredients to produce renewable diesel, it said.

At St Charles, Louisiana, a new plant, DGD 2, is expected to increase renewable diesel production capacity by 400m gal/year. The expansion project remains on budget and on track to be completed and operational in the middle of the fourth quarter of 2021, Valero said. It will also provide the capability to market 30m gal/year of renewable naphtha into low-carbon fuel markets.

Also, a new plant, DGD 3, at Port Arthur, Texas, which is expected to increase renewable diesel production capacity by 470m gal/year, is progressing well and is now expected to commence operations in the first half of 2023, the company said. DGD 3 will raise DGDs total annual production capacity to about 1.2bn gallons of renewable diesel and 50m gallons of renewable naphtha.

As per MRC, Valero Energy Corp, the second largest U.S. crude oil refiner, plans to operate its 14 refineries up to 89% of their combined total throughput capacity of 3.15 million barrels per day (bpd) during the second quarter of 2021, a company executive said. Valeros U.S. Gulf Coast refineries are planned to operate up 92% of their combined total throughput of 1.86 million bpd.

Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 744,130 tonnes in the first four month of 2021, up by 4% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased. At the same time, PP deliveries to the Russian market were 523,900 tonnes in January-April 2021, up by 55% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers increased, whereas shipments of PP random copolymers decreased.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PP, PE, propylene, ethylene, neftegaz, petrochemistry, Valero, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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