CITGO to restart Illinois aliphatic solvent unit this week

04 February 2014 22:58 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--CITGO is planning the restart of a heptane/hexane/Special Lactolite unit at its Lemont, Illinois, facility this week, according to a customer notice obtained by ICIS today.

The notice to customers was sent out last week.

Special Lactolite is the name of an aliphatic solvent made by CITGO. It consists primarily of C6-C8 hydrocarbons. 

In it, the company said plans it to begin shipping back orders of Special Lactolite and Special Lactolite blends on 5 February, and back orders of heptane on 7 February.

Additional planned maintenance on this same unit is scheduled for the second half of February, during which time it will not have any production of heptane, hexane, special lactolite or blends containing these products.

The company said its target date for resuming shipments of heptane, Special Lactolite and blends containing these products is 3 March.

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 and projects.

By Brian Balboa