UpdateCitgo FCC unit at Texas refinery remains shut after leak detected

01 April 2013 23:35  [Source: ICIS news]

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HOUSTON (ICIS)--The No. 2 fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit at Citgo’s Corpus Christi, Texas east plant refinery remains shut down, following the detection of a leak in a lubrication oil line, a Citgo official said late Monday afternoon.

According to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the line for the unit’s power train developed a leak, and to prevent damage to the power train, Citgo immediately shut down the No. 2 FCC unit.

During the emergency shutdown, the unit’s opacity analyser showed that opacity spiked to 79.8% for two six-minute periods, with the average being 32.9%, the filing stated.

The opacity limit is 20%.

The emissions event began at 05:30 Houston time and ended at 08:06, the filing said.

Citgo’s Corpus Christi refinery has a production capacity of 4.2m gal/day of gasoline and also makes a host of other feedstock petrochemicals, according to the company’s website.


By: Jeremy Pafford
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