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United Bulk Terminals' coal and petcoke operations on the Lower Mississippi River will be suspended for most of June for planned maintenance as the company refurbishes some of its loading equipment, according to a company official.

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Customers have been notified about the outage, which will shut down a portion of the terminal for loadings and unloadings from June 5-30, Fredrik Knutsen, commercial manager of UBT, said late Tuesday.

UBT is owned by German-based Marquard & Bahls.

"It should not impact any throughput," Knutsen said. "Instead of running two systems 12 hours individually, we will run one system 24 hours."



The outage is part of a larger project to move resources from the southern portion of its facility in Davant, Louisiana to the northern portion.

The terminal, which had been about five years into an expansion project that would have roughly doubled its annual capacity to about 22 million mt, instead opted to remain at roughly half that capacity.

Some spot customers have expressed concern about losing space at the facility as it consolidates its operations. Knutsen said customers should not be impacted.

UBT has shifted much of its operations from coal to petcoke in the last few years, Knutsen said. As coal exports have "trickled down," petcoke exports have "held steady," he said.

The terminal expects to handle roughly 7 million mt of coal and petcoke this year, down from 7.5 million mt in 2016, he said.

--Jeffrey McDonald, jeffrey.mcdonald@spglobal.com

--Edited by Richard Rubin, richard.rubin@spglobal.com