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Imperial Oil delays Sarnia, Syncrude coker turnaround to Q3

July 06/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Imperial Oil said it will delay turnarounds at its 120,000 b/d Sarnia, Ontario, refinery and one of three cokers at the Syncrude facility in Western Canada from the second quarter to the third quarter as it continues to assess the impact of the coronavirus on its operations, reporteed S&P Global.

"These deferrals have resulted in an updated capital outlook of CD1.1 billion to CD1.2 billion for 2020, a CD500 million (30%) reduction compared to original guidance of CD1.6 billion to CD1.7 billion," the company said in a statement released in late June.

Imperial has a 25% stake in Syncrude and receives about 60,000 b/d to 70,000 b/d of oil net of royalties. The work on Syncrude 8-2 coker was planned to start in April and last through May, according to the Syncrude website.

At Sarnia, planned work on the 120,000 b/d crude unit and 24,300 b/d coker was planned to begin in early April and to end early June, according to market sources.

As MRC wrote before, Alberta's 80,000 b/d Sturgeon refinery ramped up to full operations in April as it began processing local bitumen to produce ultra low sulfur diesel and other refined products. Overall, Canadian refinery runs increased to 1.31 million b/d of 67% of capacity for the week ended May 12, up from the 1.27 million b/d the week earlier, according to National Energy Board data.

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

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 595,170 tonnes in the first five month of 2020, up by 10% year on year. Deliveries of all ethylene polymers, except for linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), rose partially because of an increase in capacity utilisation at ZapSibNeftekhim. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market was 457,930 tonnes in January-May 2020 (calculated by the formula production minus export plus import). Deliveris of exclusively PP random copolymer increased.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, LLDPE, crude and gaz condensate, PP random copolymer, propylene, ethylene, petrochemistry, Canada, Rossiya.
Category:General News
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