Reuters: Cheniere Setting Up China Office

Cheniere is setting up an office in Beijing to secure long-term supply deals with Chinese buyers, according to sources quoted by Reuters. Cheniere would be the first operator of a U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility to establish a presence in China. Cheniere recently raised its earnings guidance for 2017 amid growing LNG exports. As of July, LNG from Cheniere's Sabine Pass terminal in Cameron, Louisiana, has reached 24 of the 40 LNG-importing countries around the world. (Plant: 3007400)

Saudi Arabia's Sadara Commissions Final Plant at Massive PetChem Complex

Sadara Chemical Company, the joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical Company, has commissioned the last of the 26 plants at its Al-Jubail complex in Saudi Arabia. The isocyanates section is producing crude quantities of toluene di isocyanate (TDI) and other specialty chemicals. The company's polyols plant came on-stream in late July. Sadara operates the largest chemical complex ever built in the world in a single phase, with more than 3 million metric tons of capacity per year, and a total investment of about $20 billion. (Plant: 1082708)

Citgo Plans October Maintenance on Corpus Christi Refinery Unit

Citgo has scheduled 30 days of planned maintenance in early October on the 20,000-barrel-per-day (BBL/d) Platformer CCR on the East Side of its 195,000-BBL/d Corpus Christi refining complex in Texas. Industrial Info is tracking $30 million I project activity at the refinery, including a $10 million fluid catalytic cracker (FCCU 1) upgrade in 2018. Citgo is 51% owned by PDV America, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA). As such, the Corpus Christi refinery gets crude oil from Venezuela, and Corpus Christi officials are worried the political conflict in that country could impact the refinery. (Plant: 1012847)

Calumet Sells Wisconsin Refinery to Husky Energy

Calumet Specialty Products Partners is selling its 45,000-barrel-per-day (BBL/d) refinery in Superior, Wisconsin, to Husky Energy for $435 million in cash. According to sources familiar with plant operations, the sale is expected to be completed by the end of the fourth quarter this year. The addition of the Superior refinery will increase Husky's total downstream capacity to about 395,000 barrels per day. The transaction includes the acquisition of the refinery's associated logistics, including two asphalt terminals, 3.6 million barrels of crude and product storage and a fuels and asphalt marketing business. Separately, a 40-day, plant-wide maintenance turnaround scheduled for late April 2018 remains on schedule. (Plant: 1012302)

Marathon Restarts Texas City FCCU

Marathon Petroleum began restart procedures Monday on the 55,000-barrel-per-day fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) and associated 10,000-BBL/d HF Alky at its 72,000-BBL/d Texas City refinery in Texas. The units were shut down due to catalyst issues on July 28, 2017. Both units are expected to return to service over the next 24 to 48 hours. Marathon processed a record 1.9 million BBL/d of crude oil at its seven U.S. refineries in the second quarter. (Outage: 380031) (Plant: 1000019)

Mansfield Power Station Units in Pennsylvania to be Offline Until August 25

Units 01 and 03 of FirstEnergy Generation's Bruce Mansfield Power Station in Pennsylvania will remain offline until August 25. Both coal-fired units, each rated at 913.5 megawatts, were taken offline July 20-21 after workers ran into issues with their waste disposal systems related to sludge drying and bed thickeners. (RFC ECAR) (Outages: 379729, 379723) (Plant: 1010752)

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