Reformer unit at BP Texas City refinery shuts down

19 March 2010 15:34  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--The number four reformer at BP’s 467,500 bbl/day Texas City refinery in Texas shut down on Friday for repairs, according to a filing with Texas state environmental regulators.

“The filing is accurate, but we don’t discuss day-to-day refinery operations,” a BP spokesman said.

Market sources said that because the reformer processes heavy naphtha into lighter components, BP may have to sell some of its naphtha products.

“Surely they have steady supply coming in and not enough storage... should have some heavy naphtha on offer,” a US Gulf coast (USG) gasoline products trader said.

According to ICIS plants and projects, total reforming capacity at the refinery is 124,200 bbl/day.

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By: Steven McGinn
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