U.S. Petroleum Refinery Capacity Continues To Increase – EIA

U.S. Petroleum Refinery Capacity Continues To Increase – EIA

As of January 1, 2017, the U.S. operable atmospheric crude distillation capacity reached 18.6 million barrels per calendar day (b/cd), 1.6% higher than at the beginning of 2016, according to EIA’s annual Refinery Capacity Report.

This increase in operable 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.”—EIA

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