CITGO shuts reformer after fire at Louisiana refinery

08 November 2013 20:13  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--CITGO has shut down a reformer unit at its Lake Charles refinery in Louisiana after a fire occurred in the unit, the company said on Friday.

The fire at the 427,800 bbl/day refinery took place on Thursday afternoon and was contained inside a heater.

“The equipment affected was shut down according operational procedures,” the company said in a statement.

There were no injuries resulting from the fire, and the rest of the refinery is maintaining normal production, CITGO said.

The news of the shut reformer unit, which converts refinery by-products into octane-boosting additives for gasoline, pushed mixed xylene and toluene prices slightly higher on Friday.

CITGO is the US refining subsidiary of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA).

Additional reporting by Brian Balboa

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