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RE: Coker Project Updates-MRO Detroit & Garyville & CVX Pascagoula VRSH

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Charles Randall
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Here are news updates on Marathon Detroit Refiney expansion/Coker project (DHOUP) which started in 2008 but will delay completion till mid 2012 compared to previous 2010 – (possibly to link up with CA crude P/L completion?). The news article mentions the Marathon Garyville expansion project is 75% completed and is on target for 4Q2009.
 
A news update on CVX Pascagoula VRSH (Vacuum Resid Slurry Hydrocracker) Hvy Oil technology & its new 3.5 MBD commercial unit (scaled up from R&D pilot plant) has been put oh Hold due economy, with review set for 2010 & chance add some R&D improvements. This had been touted as new (? – it is similar to ENI EST – ENI Slurry Technology Hydrocracker process) alternate to coking process. The rest of CVX Pascagoula Refinery expansion set complete in 2010 was not mentioned.
 
Both these delays are examples of several of US & Global refinery & coking projects which seem to be setting up two expansion periods – those in EPC stage are falling in a 2006-2010 time frame and those in Planning & FEED stage are falling into a 2011-2015 time frame which is similar to what happened in the last coker cylce of this magnitude in the 1996-1999 time frame and the later 2000-2005 cycle. Both end year & leading year of new cycle had few projects due to crude differentials, refinery & coker margins.
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