Worldwide refining capacity creeps upward, most growth in Asia-Pacific

Refining crude-distillation capacity has grown to 81.5 million b/cd during 1999, a 1.5% increase. OGJ previously reported 80.3 million b/cd worldwide capacity in Jan. 1, 1999 (OGJ, Dec. 21, 1998, p. 41).The most significant regional changes occurred in Asia-Pacific, Western Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America.Asia-Pacific was responsible for about 870,000 b/cd additional world refining capacity. India alone contributed more than 700,000 b/cd. North America added about 160,000 b/cd to worldwide capacity, most of which came from the US.Western Europe experienced about a 140,000 b/cd decline in crude-distillation capacity.South America added about 180,000 b/cd of crude-...

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