US PBF restarts heavy crude oil refinery in Delaware City

07 October 2011 18:43  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--PBF Holding has restarted a Delaware refinery after a $450m (€333m) upgrade, the US-based refiner said on Friday.

The Delaware City plant is a high-conversion heavy crude oil refinery with a processing capacity of 190,000 bbl/day, located on a 5,000-acre site on the shore of the Delaware River, PBF said.

The refinery was shut down in 2009 by its previous owners. PBF purchased the facility in 2010.

The site includes a fluid coking unit, a fluid catalytic cracking unit, a hydrocracking unit with a hydrogen plant, a continuous catalytic reformer, an alkylation unit and several hydrotreating units, PBF said.

Initial operations began at the refinery in June. It is now fully operational, the company said.

PBF is owned by US investment firms Blackstone and First Reserve, which invested $450m  to upgrade and modernise the plant.

($1 = €0.74) 

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