19 July 2011 00:10 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--ExxonMobil's refinery production was not affected by a temporary rate reduction at two fluid catalytic crackers (FCC) on 16 July at ExxonMobil’s 562,000 bbl/day Baytown refinery in Texas, a company spokeswoman said on Monday.
Upsets at FCC No 1 and 2 resulted in flaring at the refinery in Texas and the units were reduced to minimal rates to stabilise the situation, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
A spokeswoman for US-based ExxonMobil would not discuss the present operating status of the FCCs.
The FCC uses vacuum gas oil (VGO) to yield catalytic (cat) gas, the primary blending component for motor gasoline.
ExxonMobil was not seen in the spot market for VGO or gasoline, despite the outage.
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