Valero reports unplanned shutdown at Port Arthur refinery in Texas

08 February 2011 23:18  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Valero shut down a fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) as a result of the loss of steam at its 265,000 bbl/day Port Arthur refinery in Texas, a company spokesman said Tuesday.

The shutdown occured on Monday, said Valero spokesman Bill Day. Vacuum gas oil (VGO) was pulled from the FCC, and production would resume once steam is restored, he said.

Prior to the shutdown, the FCC had been running at reduced rates as a result of a crude unit and coker units in turnaround, according to market sources.

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