06 June 2012 15:55 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--BP’s 406,570 bbl/day Texas City refinery near Houston restarted a gasoline-production unit on Tuesday, the company said in a state filing on Wednesday.
The full safe shutdown process for the fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) is expected to be completed on Saturday, the company said in a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) filing.
Sources said there have been multiple failed attempts to restart the unit.
BP initially shut down the unit on 24 May for repairs to the FCC No 3 unit.
There was no initial reaction in the market for refined products, traders said.
For vacuum gas oil (VGO), BP has been a frequent seller in recent weeks because of work on its FCC unit, so a successful restart will take some VGO off the market and ease downward pressure on prices.
The Texas City refinery is one of the five largest refineries in the US.
BP did not respond immediately to inquiries.
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