By Samson Echenim
ExxonMobil Fuels and Lubricants Co (ExxonMobil Fuels) had the highest crude oil refinery capacity under maintenance (both planned and unplanned) among all the refinery operators globally in 2019, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
The operator had a total refining capacity of 1.7 million barrels per day (mmbd) under both planned and unplanned maintenance in 2019.
GlobalData’s report entitled, “Global Crude Oil Refinery Maintenance Review, 2019 – Asia Incurs Highest Planned Maintenance in the Year”, reveals that ExxonMobil Fuels had 1.3 mmbd of refining capacity under planned maintenance and 1.4 mmbd of refining capacity under unplanned maintenance in 2019.
“ExxonMobil Fuels had four of its refineries – Baton Rouge, Baytown, Beaumont and Joliet – under maintenance in 2019. Baton Rouge and Baytown had both planned and unplanned maintenance, while Beaumont had unplanned maintenance and Joliet had planned maintenance in the year.
“All the four refineries are in the US, and have refining capacities of 503 mbd, 561 mbd, 369 mbd and 236 mbd, respectively,” said Adithya Rekha, oil and gas analyst at Globaldata.
GlobalData identifies Petroleos de Venezuela as the second highest operator with 1.5 mmbd of crude oil refining capacity under maintenance from five refineries, in 2019. Paraguana, Petrocedeno, El Palito, Petromonagas, and Petroanzoategui refineries, all in Venezuela, are under maintenance. These refineries have capacities of 955 mbd, 190 mbd, 140 mbd, 136 mbd and 131 mbd, respectively, in 2019. The entire refining capacity of the company was under unplanned maintenance in the year.
PetroChina Co Ltd occupied the third position globally with 1.2 mmbd of crude oil refining capacity from six refineries, under maintenance in 2019. The entire refining capacity was under planned maintenance in the year. Liaoyang, Lanzhou, Dushanzi, Jinzhou, Urumqi, and Harbin refineries, all in China, were under maintenance with the crude oil refining capacities of 400 mbd, 213 mbd, 202 mbd, 150 mbd, 122 mbd and 100 mbd, respectively, in 2019.