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Marathon Petroleum employees participate in unique fire exercise

August 04/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) employees from the Catlettsburg refinery participated in a Trench Safety Stand Down exercise and demonstration with local officials from the Ashland Fire Department (AFD), Ashland-Boyd County-Catlettsburg Office of Emergency Management and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the AFD?Training Center in Ashland, Kentucky, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The events purpose was to help raise public awareness of trench safety and allow members of MPCs Refinery Emergency Response Team and Ashland Fire Department to train in trench rescue.

The fire department hosted the event, which featured two trenches dug by the city of Ashland to allow the MPC Safety Department to present an exhibit on both safe and hazardous trenching practices.

Working and training with our local emergency responders only makes us better, and our communities safer, said Greg Gibson, Safety Supervisor, Catlettsburg refinery. Especially during times of potential real emergency when we would need to be able to effectively communicate and align with our local agencies to ensure the best possible outcome.

As MRC reported earlier, a portion of Marathon Petroleum Corps 363,000 barrel-per-day Carson refinery in California was shut following a fire in late February, 2020.

We remind that Marathon Petroleum shut down its catalytic cracking unit in Galveston Bay on 18 June, 2021, for a scheduled maintenance. Maintenance at the 250,000 tonnes of propylene per year cat cracking unit continued for 14 days.

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 953,400 tonnes in the first five months of 2021, which virtually corresponded to the same figure a year earlier. High denisty polyethylene (HDPE) shipments decreased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 607,8900 tonnes in January-May 2021, up by 33% year on year. Shipments of homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers increased, whereas deliveries of PP random copolymers decreased.

Marathon Petroleum was founded in 2005 as the oil transportation, refining and marketing division of Marathon Oil. In 2011, the division became completely independent from the parent company.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, crude and gaz condensate, propylene, ethylene, petrochemistry, Marathon, USA.
Category:General News
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