HOUSTON (ICIS)--Sulphur production at the two major remaining sour gas processing facilities in Wyoming totaled approximately 555,000 long tons (564,000 tonnes) in 2013, up 3% from 2012.
ConocoPhillips’ Lost Cabin plant produced 432,000 long tons in 2013, up 13% from 2012. Production at Chevron’s Carter Creek plat totaled 123,000 long tons, down 22% from 2012 due to planned maintenance in the third quarter.
Total sulphur production in 2012 was 540,000 long tons.
Sulphur production from ConocoPhillips’ Lost Cabin plant in the fourth quarter of 2013 was up 7% from the third quarter of 2013. Chevron’s Carter Creek plant produced 36,000 long tons of sulphur in the fourth quarter of 2013, up from 14,000 long tons in the third quarter.
US sulphur production as a byproduct of oil and gas refining increased 4% in 2013 from 2012. More increases could be coming as the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced Tier 3 standards for fuel that will reduce sulphur levels in gasoline by more than 60% by 2017.