Toluene is a colorless, flammable, hydrocarbon liquid. It is part of the aromatic family of hydrocarbons. Toluene is primarily used in paints and coatings, printing inks, adhesives, and flexible foams. It is also widely used as a gasoline blendstock to increase octane. Marathon Petroleum Company LP (MPC) produces nitration grade toluene.
MPC produces nitration grade toluene at the Catlettsburg, Ky. and Texas City, Texas refineries. Toluene, along with the other aromatics, is produced using a liquid-liquid extraction process. The Catlettsburg refinery utilizes the Sulfolane process. The Texas City refinery uses the Udex process with a Carom co-solvent.
MPC transports nitration grade toluene by transport truck and rail out of the Catlettsburg refinery and by barge from Catlettsburg, , Ky. and Texas City, Texas.
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