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January 10, 2022updated 24 Jan 2022 10:22am

North America incurs highest refinery maintenance for 2021

According to GlobalData's report, North America led oil refinery maintenance in 2021 with 10,210 thousand barrels per day, followed by Asia and South America.

By GlobalData Energy

GlobalData’s latest report, “Global Crude Oil Refinery Maintenance Review, 2021,” indicates that in the year 2021, North America had the highest refining capacity under maintenance (both planned and unplanned) with 10,210 thousand barrels per day (Mbpd) among all the regions globally. Asia and South America followed with 8,838Mbpd and 2,587Mbpd of refining capacities under maintenance, respectively.

Asia had the highest refining capacity of 7,550Mbpd under planned maintenance in 2021 followed by North America and South America with 4,348Mbpd and 2,098Mbpd, respectively.

In terms of unplanned maintenance for 2021, North America had the highest refining capacity of 7,443Mbpd under maintenance, followed by Asia and South America with 1,431Mbpd and 599Mbpd, respectively.

Globally, among countries, the US (9,001Mbpd), China (3,103Mbpd), and South Korea (1,640Mbpd) were the top three countries in terms of refining capacity under maintenance (both planned and unplanned) for 2021.

In terms of refining capacity under planned maintenance in 2021, the US, China and South Korea led globally among countries with 3,139Mbpd, 3,103Mbpd and 1,640Mbpd, respectively. The top three countries globally, in terms of refining capacity under unplanned maintenance, include the US (7,443Mbpd), Japan (916Mbpd) and Venezuela (385Mbpd).

Among refineries, Ulsan and Yeosu in South Korea and Port Arthur II in the US were the top three refineries in terms of refining capacity under maintenance (both planned and unplanned) in 2021 with 840Mbpd, 800Mbpd and 635Mbpd, respectively. The Ulsan and Yeosu refineries in South Korea and Huizhou I in China led in terms of planned maintenance globally.  Ulsan and Yeosu have refining capacities of 840Mbpd and 800Mbpd, respectively, while Huizhou I has 440Mbpd. Port Arthur II (635Mbpd), Texas City III (593Mbpd) and Garyville (578Mbpd), all located in the US, had the highest unplanned maintenance in 2021.

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