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Lyondell-Citgo cuts feed to coker
Wed May 25, 2005 01:16 PM ET

NEW YORK, May 25 (Reuters) - Lyondell-Citgo cut the feed to a coker at the jointly owned 260,000 barrel per day refinery in Houston, Texas, according to a filing with state regulators on Wednesday.

In a filing with the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality, the company said an emergency shutdown cut the feed out of the unit. It gave no reason for the shutdown.

The coker that suffered the upset was one of four units included in a six-week overhaul underway at the refinery that began in mid-April, according to a source familiar with refinery operations.

A coking unit makes it economical to process heavy Venezuelan crude into lighter products such as gasoline and diesel. The plant, owned by both Lyondell and Petroleos de Venezuela, the state-owned oil company, produces 120,000 barrels per day of gasoline and 95,000 barrels per day of diesel.

There have also been problems on a sulfur recovery unit included in the overhaul, the source said. What impact the problems will have on the length of the turnaround was unknown on Wednesday, the source said.

The company was not immediately available for comment.

Source: Reuters

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