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Fire extinguished at Valero Port Arthur refinery

June 15/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- A fire on the small hydrocracking unit (HCU) was extinguished on Thursday afternoon at Valero Energy Corps 335,000-barrel-per-day Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, reported Reuters with reference to people familiar with plant operations.

The fire, which broke out at about noon CDT (1700 GMT), shut the 45,000-bpd 942 HCU at the refinery, the people said.

Valero did not reply to a request for comment.

All personnel at the refinery have been accounted for, the people said. There were no reports of injuries.

The fire started after a seal on a hydrocracker charge pump blew out, the sources said. Because both volatile hydrocarbons and hydrogen are present in an HCU, fires on those units pose a risk of large explosions.

As MRC wrote previously, Valero Energy Corp, the second largest US crude oil refiner, planned 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.

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.


mrcplast.com
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:crude and gaz condensate, propylene, ethylene, petrochemistry, Valero, USA.
Category:General News
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