Monroe: Delta Trainer Refinery to Begin Turnaround Next Week

Delta Air Lines’ 185,000-190,000-b/d refinery in Trainer, Pa., plans to begin a maintenance turnaround next week, and a spokesman for the plant’s operator, Monroe Energy, tells OPIS.

While some New York Harbor market participants had expected four to six weeks of planned work on a 90,000-b/d crude distillation unit to begin in late January or early February, the spokesman maintained that there had been no advancement in the dates.

The outage is seen keeping refinery utilization in the Northeast at least constrained if not actually lowering the amount of capacity in use (85.8% as of Dec. 13). In addition, news of Trainer’s late December start follows hard on the heels of delivery delays in New England which will last into early January, and relatively low gasoline imports (averaging only about 500,000 b/d).

However, fuel demand and market trade lulled by the winter holidays may soften the bullish edge the Harbor spot market has exhibited in recent days.

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