US Marathon to increase capacity of Louisiana refinery

01 May 2012 17:33  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US refiner Marathon Petroleum plans to increase the crude oil capacity of its Garyville refinery in Louisiana by 20,000 bbl/day, the company said in a state regulatory filing.

Company spokesman Shane Pochard said on Tuesday that Marathon would not provide any additional information beyond what was in the filing.

Marathon proposed a hydrocracker optimisation project that would increase the capacity of a hydrocracker unit from 90,000 bbl/day to 110,000 bbl/day, according to a filing with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.

The project will be completed in two phases, with the first completed during the planned November turnaround and the second during an October 2014 turnaround.

In the filing, Marathon also proposed a diesel optimisation project, which will increase the refinery’s ultra low sulphur diesel production from 58,000 bbl/day to 76,000 bbl/day.

Furthermore, the proposed project will increase the crude oil capacity of the refinery from 270,000 bbl/day to 290,000 bbl/day.

By: Anna Matherne

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