Xylene is a colorless, flammable, hydrocarbon liquid. It is part of the aromatic family of hydrocarbons. Xylene is primarily sold as an intermediate chemical feedstock that gets processed into plastics. It can also be found in paints and coatings, printing inks, adhesives, and flexible foams. Marathon Petroleum Company LP (MPC) produces mixed xylenes, which is a mixture of all three xylene isomers: para-xylene, ortho-xylene, and ethyl-benzene.
MPC produces xylene at two refineries in Texas City, Texas. Xylene, along with the other aromatics, is produced using a liquid-liquid extraction process. The Texas City refinery uses the Udex process with a Carom co-solvent.
MPC transports xylene by barge from Texas City, Texas.
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