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Overview of Barrels Per Calendar Day (bpd or bbl/d)

Barrels per calendar day, often abbreviated as "bpd" or "bbl/d", is the amount of input that a distillation facility can process under normal operating conditions. The amount is expressed in terms of capacity during a 24-hour period and reduces the maximum processing capability of all units at the facility under continuous operation to account for the following six (6) limitations that may delay, interrupt, or slow down production. 

  1. The capability of downstream processing units to absorb the output of crude oil processing facilities of a given refinery. No reduction is necessary for intermediate streams that are distributed to other than downstream facilities as part of a refinery's normal operation;
  2. The types and grades of inputs to be processed;
  3. The types and grades of products expected to be manufactured;
  4. The environmental constraints associated with refinery operations;
  5. The reduction of capacity for scheduled downtime due to such conditions as routine inspection, maintenance, repairs, and turnarounds; and
  6. The reduction of capacity for unscheduled downtime due to such conditions as mechanical problems, repairs, and slowdowns.
     

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