Sunoco sulphur refinery

Sunoco Inc. will build and operate a sulphur plant at the company’s Marcus Hook Refinery. Joel Maness, Senior Vice President of Refining and Supply, said: “Sunoco is requiring the highest operating and environmental standards for the plant and believes the firm we have selected to do the front-end engineering and design work (Black & Veatch) has the necessary experience and capability. This project is on a fast track.” Awarding a contract for preliminary engineering work is the first step in a major construction project. Maness explained that a construction project of this scope is a multi-year effort but that Sunoco is taking steps to accelerate the project.
When complete the sulphur plant will process acid gases that are now treated at the General Chemical plant adjacent to the Sunoco refinery. Currently, when General Chemical is unable to handle those gases, Sunoco must safely incinerate them through a flare stack at the refinery. Sunoco entered into a consent decree earlier this year with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control after a series of flaring incidents. That consent decree required Sunoco to take immediate steps to reduce flaring while the company developed a long-term solution. During the past few months, procedures have been put in place that have improved operations between Sunoco and General Chemical.

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