Global capacity growth slows, but Asian refineries bustle

One bright spot for US refining in 2010 has been the start-up in March of Marathon Oil Corp.'s 180,000-b/d expansion of its Garyville, La., refinery (OGJ Online, Mar. 11, 2010). It brought total crude capacity to 436,000 b/d. Marathon completed the expansion in late 2009. New processing units include a 44,000-b/d coker, a 65,000-b/d reformer, a 70,000-b/d hydrocracker, a 74,000-b/d kerosine hydrotreater, and sulfur and hydrogen plants. Photo from Marathon Oil.Warren R. TrueChief Technology Editor—LNG/Gas ProcessingLeena KoottungalSurvey Editor/News WriterCrude oil distillation capacity worldwide advanced again in 2010, according to the latest OGJ Refinery Survey, setting a record fo...

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