Fire shuts down FCC at Flint Hills US refinery - reports

19 May 2009 22:19  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--A fire on Tuesday at a Flint Hills Resources’ (FHR) refinery at Corpus Christi , Texas, caused the shutdown of a fluid catalytic cracker (FCC), news reports said.

The fire had been extinguished by mid-day, news reports said, with an assessment underway. The company did not say which unit caught fire, according to reports.

The refinery has a production capacity of 288,126 bbl/day, according to reports. The refinery is part of a complex that also produces benzene, cumene, cyclohexane, orthoxylene, paraxylene, propylene and toluene, according to ICIS plants and projects.

Gasoline traders said the fire strengthened prices in the market.

USG (US Gulf) regular M2-grade gasoline was at 178.25-178.50 cents/gal, up 8 cents from Monday, according to global chemical market intelligence service ICIS pricing.

“The Flint Hills fire added more pressure to an already tight market,” said one trader.

One person, who was not a FHR worker, was hospitalized with injuries from the fire, the reports said.

Flint Hills did not immediately return calls from ICIS news.

(Additional reporting from Steven McGinn)

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