May 2009

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: US refiners' utilization down 5%; East Coast plants 'most vulnerable'

US refineries, particularly those in the East Coast and Gulf Coast regions, are most vulnerable to utilization cuts and will have to reduce throughputs further as a result of the economic downturn, ac..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

US refineries, particularly those in the East Coast and Gulf Coast regions, are most vulnerable to utilization cuts and will have to reduce throughputs further as a result of the economic downturn, according to a new report from Wood Mackenzie. The report examines refinery utilization in Europe, the US Gulf Coast and US East Coast and finds that European refiners have seen the smallest reduction in utilization rates at 0.5%. However, both Gulf Coast and East Coast refineries in the US have seen much larger falls in utilization of around 2.5% (excluding the impact of the hurricanes in September 2008) and 5%, respectively, year-on-year in 2008. "Although we expect demand to stabilize by 20

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