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Total began restarting crude unit at Port Arthur refinery

December 03/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- TotalEnergies SE began restarting the small crude distillation unit (CDU) at its 225,500-bpd Port Arthur, Texas, refinery on Wednesday, sources familiar with plant operations said, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

A TotalEnergies spokesperson did not reply to a request for comment. The 40,000-bpd ACU-2 CDU was shut in mid-November for repairs after the large CDU restarted following a plant-wide shutdown on Sept. 9, the sources said.

As per MRC, Total Petrochemicals and Refining USA, the US petrochemical major, restarted all of its three polypropylene (PP) units in La Porte as of 17 June 2021. At the same time, the force majeure (FM) at this plant with an annual capacity of 1.15 million tons/year remains in place as the company attempts to stabilize operating rates and build inventories ahead of the hurricane season. Previously, Total Petrochemical declared FM on its PP output after an abrupt loss of electricity supply during a severe weather condition.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russian producers' October PP production fell to 155,500 tonnes from 169,700 tonnes a month earlier, three producers shut its production for  scheduled maintenance. Russia"s overall PP output reached 1.693 mln tonnes in January-October 2021, compared to 1.530 tonnes a year earlier. Four out of seven producers increased their capacity utilisation, with SIBUR Tobolsk/ZapSibNeftekhim traditionally accounting for the greatest growth in the output.

Total is a major energy player, which produces and markets fuels, natural gas and low-carbon electricity. Our 100,000 employees are committed to better energy that is safer, more affordable, cleaner and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, our ambition is to become the responsible energy major.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, PP, PP block copolymer, homopolymer PP, PP random copolymer, PP-stat, neftegaz, petrochemistry, Total Petrochemicals.
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