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North America sees the highest crude oil refinery maintenance

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Around 42% of North America’s total crude oil refinery capacity was under planned and unplanned maintenance in 2021, with bad weather accounting for much of the unplanned maintenance, according to GlobalData.

The company notes that 10 210 000 bpd underwent either planned or unplanned maintenance — the highest worldwide.

GlobalData’s report, ‘Global Crude Oil Refinery Maintenance Review, 2021 – Analysis by Major Units, PADD Regions and Operator’, reveals that North America had 4 348 000 bpd of refining capacity under planned maintenance and 7 443 000 bpd of refining capacity under unplanned maintenance in 2021.

Ennelli Sudarshini, Oil and Gas Analyst at GlobalData, commented: “Thirty of the refineries in North America required unplanned maintenance in 2021, all of which were in the US and most due to bad weather conditions such as fires, explosions, and power outages. The US can continue to witness these unplanned shutdowns in 2022, especially in the US Gulf Coast, if storms and cold weather conditions continues to reoccur.”

Comparing to other regions, GlobalData found that North America had the highest crude oil refinery capacity under maintenance (both planned and unplanned) globally. North America was followed by Asia, with 8 838 000 bpd; and South America, with 2587 000 bpd.

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