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Most units shut at Marathon Galveston Bay Refinery due to cold weather

February 16/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Most units were shut on Sunday night and Monday morning at Marathon Petroleum Corp's 585,000 barrel-per-day Galveston Bay Refinery in Texas City, Texas, as temperatures plunged due to a Arctic cold front reaching the Gulf Coast, said sources familiar with plant operations, said Reuters.

Marathon plans to begin restarting units shut by the severe cold weather in the next few days as temperatures rise, which is not expected before Tuesday afternoon, the sources said. Units shut last week for a planned overhaul underway at the refinery, will remain shut.

As MRC informed previously, Marathon Petroleum Corp plans to operate the gasoline-producing fluidic catalytic cracker (FCC) at its 585,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Galveston Bay Refinery in Texas City, Texas. The 140,000 bpd FCC restarted on Sunday, 12 April, after repairs following a March 23 brief power outage that shut the unit.

Propylene is the main feedstock for the production of polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's DataScope report, last month, Russian companies actually kept the November volume of external PP purchases, imports amounted to 21,300 tonnes. Thus, overall PP imports into Russia reached 224,000 tonnes in January-December 2020, compared to 182,800 tonnes a year earlier. Purchasing of all grades of propylene polymers in foreign markets increased, with homopolymer PP imports accounting for the most noticeable rise.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, crude oil, PP, PE, neftegaz, petrochemistry, Marathon, USA.
Category:General News
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