Worldwide refining capacity steady in the past year

Phillips Petroleum Co. added a new 36,000 b/sd UOP CycleMax continuous catalytic reformer to its largest refinery in Sweeny, Tex., in August 2000. The reformer increases aromatics yields and provides more hydrogen for the refinery. Photo courtesy of Howe-Baker Engineers Inc., Tyler, Tex.Click here to enlarge imageAfter years of steadily increasing, worldwide refining capacity remained essentially flat the past 2 years. In last year's refining report, OGJ reported a worldwide capacity of 81.5 million b/cd as of Jan. 1, 2000; this year, OGJ's survey reflects a total capacity of 81.3 million b/cd-a difference of about 250,000 b/cd.Increases and decreases in distillation capacity ca...

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