Dow Chemical is restarting the 1.65 billion-pound-per-year propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit at its Freeport (Oyster Creek), Texas, plant. The unit was brought offline June 12 for a short-notice planned maintenance turnaround. Industrial Info is tracking more than $2 billion in project activity at the Freeport complex, including a $1.7 billion ethylene unit addition.

Entergy's River Bend Nuclear Station 987-megawatt Unit 01 in Louisiana was running at 81% capacity on Wednesday due to generator repairs. Industrial Info is tracking a planned $27 million refuel outage at the unit, which would take place in 2019.

Total continues with unplanned repairs on the 35,000-barrel-per-day (BBL/d) NAC Group Reformer CCR (Unit 825) at its 175,000-BBL/d Port Arthur, Texas, refinery. The refinery unit was shutdown due to a leak on July 10. As a result of the outage, the 42,000-BBL/d Reformer Feed Hydrotreater was shut down on Tuesday. It is anticipated the work will be completed and both units will be back online by July 18.

Marathon will conduct two weeks of planned maintenance and catalyst work in September on the 43,000-barrel-per-day (BBL/d) Heavy Naphtha Desulfurizer 11, 42,800-BBL/d Platformer 12 CCR, 80,000-BBl/d DHT Hydrofiner 14 and 86,000-BBL/d Gas Oil Hydrotreater 15 units at its 530,000-BBL/d Garyville, Louisiana, Refinery.

U.S. operable atmospheric crude distillation capacity reached 18.6 milion barrels per calendar day as of January 1 this year, which is 1.6% higher than at the beginning of 2016 (EIA). The increase in operative capacity was slightly lower than last year's increase of 2.0%. The capacities of secondary units that support heavy crude oil processing and production of ultra-low sulfur diesel and gasoline, including thermal cracking (coking), catalytic hydrocracking, and hydrotreating/desulfurization, also increased. Catalytic hydrocracking and deasphalting units experienced the largest capacity increases over the past year, rising by 4.5% and 6.1%, respectively. The refinery capacity reported for the start of 2017 includes one new unit, the 42,500-barrel-per-calendar-day Magellan Midstream Partners condensate splitter in Corpus Christi, Texas. Condensate splitters are distillation units that process condensate, which is lighter than crude oil.

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