US Valero restarts crude unit at Louisiana refinery

08 October 2012 19:37  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US refiner Valero has restarted the crude unit at its Meraux refinery in Louisiana after a fire caused it to be shut down in lat July, a company spokesman said on Monday.

“The crude unit at the Meraux refinery has begun the restart process. There isn’t a specific date for when the unit is expected to return to planned rates,” said Valero spokesman Bill Day.

The crude unit had been shut since the fire on 22 July at the 135,000 bbl/day refinery. Downstream production units were restarted on 6 August.

Furthermore, Hurricane Isaac, which hit Louisiana in late August, delayed the restart of the crude unit. It was originally planned to be back on line at the beginning of September.

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