Fire at Citgo Illinois refinery disables crude oil unit

24 October 2013 17:42  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Operations at Citgo's refinery in Lemont, Illinois, have been “signficiantly reduced” following a fire on Wednesday night in the crude unit, the company said on Thursday.

No one was injured in the blaze, the refiner said. Repairs of the unit and an investigation into the cause of the fire are underway, Citgo said.

No timetable has been established as to when the crude unit will come back online, the company said, but some downstream units are still operational.

Besides refining crude oil into gasoline, the Citgo operation in the US Midwest also has a 65,000 tonne/year benzene production line and a 65,000 tonne/year toluene production line, according to ICIS Plants & Projects.


By: Jeremy Pafford
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