Power cut puts Phillips 66 Texas refinery out for ‘several days’

11 March 2013 17:19  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The restart after a power outage at Phillips 66’s Sweeny refinery in Texas will take several days, a refinery spokesman said on Monday.

A loss of power from a third-party power supplier on Sunday, 10 March, resulted in a temporary shutdown of the 247,000 bbl/day refinery, Rich Johnson said.

“Power has been restored and we’re in the process of restarting the refinery, which we expect to take several days,” he said.

A filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) said: “The power interruption was triggered by Texas New Mexico power supply failure.”

The filing said plant safety systems functioned properly during the upset and that offsite monitoring indicated excess emissions.

The filing listed a sulphur recovery unit (SRU) and a delayed coker unit (DCU) as sources of emissions.

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By: Anna Matherne

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