BP starts work on gasoline unit at US Gulf coast refinery

09 February 2012 18:06  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--BP began maintenance on a gasoline-production unit at its 406,570 bbl/day Texas City refinery near Houston, the company said in a regulatory filing on Thursday.

Maintenance would be performed on the electrostatic precipitator at a fluid catalytic cracker (FCC), and the work includes removing parts of the unit from service, BP said in a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

A US Gulf coast market spot broker said the maintenance was planned. He said the refinery had sold extra vacuum gas oil, the feedstock for the FCC, last week. The maintenance is not expected to impact market prices for feedstocks or refined products.

BP began a turnaround of its alkylation unit and an FCC on 10 January that was scheduled to last 45 days. Sources could not say if the current maintenance was on a separate FCC unit or the same one involved in the January turnaround.

BP did not immediately respond to queries.


By: Sheena Martin
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