Benzene is a colorless, flammable, hydrocarbon liquid. It is part of the aromatic family and has a characteristic sweet odor. Benzene is a basic building block for further petrochemical processing, and is most often used to manufacture styrene, cyclohexane, and cumene.
MPC produces benzene at its Catlettsburg (Kentucky); Robinson (Illinois); Texas City (Texas) and Galveston Bay (Texas) refineries. Benzene, along with other aromatics, is produced using a liquid-liquid extraction process. The Catlettsburg refinery utilizes the Sulfolane process. The Robinson refinery uses a BEU (Benzene Extraction Unit.) The Texas City refinery uses the Udex process with a Carom co-solvent. The Galveston Bay refinery uses an ARU (Aromatics Recovery Unit).
Benzene can be transported from Catlettsburg, Robinson, Texas City, and Galveston Bay via barge.
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