15 July 2010 22:42 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Paraffinic bright stock base oil production has been interrupted at American Refining’s Bradford refinery in Pennsylvania, sending the potential for another sales control looming for the US base oil sector, sources said on Thursday.
The American Refining base oil plant produces 2,100 bbl/day of Group I base oils and 300 bbl/day of Group II base oils.
US bright stock seller Holly is on allocation for bright stock, while Group II base oil sellers Motiva and Chevron are also on sales control.
A compressor shaft at American Refining's deresining unit failed last week, resulting in a loss of bright stock production, according to a company source.
It was unclear when the unit may return back on line.
“We have identified the most expedient path to resume production, and we anticipate being back online in the near term,” said Mike Turner a manager at American Refining.
Turner said the shaft was disrupting only bright stock production, and production was normal for all other viscosity grades.
US paraffinic bright stock has been tight for much of the year amid outages, plant closures and demand that has exceeded expectations.
US bright stock sellers include ExxonMobil, Valero, Holly, Calumet, Ergon and American Refining.
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