MOSCOW (MRC) -- PBF Energy's Toledo refinery is operating normally, despite the fire that broke out at one of its gasoline processing units on 23 November, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing with reference to the company's statement.
Crews tackled a large fire at Toledo Refining Company in Oregon Tuesday. Firefighters were seen working to get water on the site just before noon and the fire appeared to be dwindling around 12:30 p.m.
"We can confirm that a fire occurred on a gasoline processing unit there at approximately 11:00 am this morning. Refinery crews were actively responding with assistance from the Oregon Fire Department. Importantly, there have been no injuries, and everyone is safe and has been accounted for at the site. We have notified appropriate public officials and regulatory agency representatives, and at this time are unaware of any community impact," - said the company on Tuesday.
The refinery manager, Mike Gudgeon, said it happened around 11 a.m., following an incident at a gasoline-producing unit at the plant. Two processing units were shut down, but everything else operated as normal Tuesday.
As MRC wrote previously, in H1 September, 2021, US-based PBF Energy began the process of restarting aromatics production in Chalmette, southeast Louisiana, USA after an unscheduled maintenance, caused by Hurricane Ida. The plant's production capacity is 185,000 mt/year of benzene, 180,000 mt/year of toluene and 270,000 mt/year of xylenes. PBF Energy restarted most of the production at its refinery in Chalmetta around September 17, 2021. The facility was shut down due to a power outage when Hurricane Ida hit the coast on 29 August.
Benzene is feedstock for the production of styrene monomer (SM), which, in its turn, is the main raw material for the production of polystyrene (PS).
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated consumption of PS and styrene plastics totalled 420,690 tonnes in the first nine months of 2021, up by 16% year on year. September estimated consumption was 46,150 tonnes, down by 3% year on year.