US east coast refinery remains shut down from Hurricane Irene

31 August 2011 23:14  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--One refinery on the US east coast remains shut down following Hurricane Irene's sweep through the region, company officials said on Wednesday.

ConocoPhillips reported that its 238,000 bbl/day Bayway refinery in Linden, New Jersey, safely shut down and will resume operations when it is safe to do so. The company’s 185,000 bbl/day Trainer refinery in Pennsylvania is running at planned operating rates.

Sunoco reduced the crude unit rates at its 178,000 bbl/day Marcus Hook and 335,000 bbl/day Philadelphia refineries in Pennsylvania ahead of the storm.

Jim Savage, president of the Local 10-1 branch of the United Steelworkers union, said both refiners had shut down the hydrofluoric acid units.

Sunoco spokesman Thomas Golembeski said that the refineries were at reduced rates during the storm, but he would not specify about individual units. On Tuesday, market sources said that one of two fluid catalytic crackers (FCC) at the Philadelphia plant was shut down.

PBF Energy continued production at its Delaware City refinery in Delaware and its 160,000 bbl/day Paulsboro refinery in New Jersey. Savage said the company was able to safely continue production at its 182,200 bbl/day Delaware City refinery because it had backup equipment in case of power, air or steam loss.

No refinery officials reported damage.

By: Sheena Martin
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