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Early November: US downstream update

Hydrocarbon Engineering,


Marathon Petroleum Corp. has restarted its newly expanded Detroit refinery. The facility now has a processing capacity of 120 000 bpd and will be able to process a greater amount of Canadian crude. The four year Detroit heavy oil upgrade project has cost US$ 2.2 billion.


After the boiler Explosion at CVR Energy Inc’s Oklahoma refinery, which killed two workers, the company has announced that maintenance work at the facility will take longer than expected. The turnaround was originally expected to last 45 days but this had now been increased to 55. The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the accent which occurred on 28th September.


Silver Eagle Refining is suing four companies, alleging their negligence and breach of contracts which lead to the explosion at the Wood Cross refinery in 2009. The explosion damaged the refinery and near by homes. The lawsuit is seeking US$ 75 million from Professional Services Industries Inc., Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Sun Oil Co. and Moose’s Construction.


Sinclair Oil are offering a reward of US$ 25 000 for information that will lead to the arrest of people involved in suspected sabotage at the Wyoming refinery. On 18th October, several valves at the facility shutdown for no apparent reason and the refinery operator voiced that this would only have happened if turned off intentionally.

Edited from various sources by Claira Lloyd.

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