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Phillips 66 restarts Sweeny refinery after power cut

05.13.2013  | 

The power failure was triggered by a larger outage in Texas and New Mexico, Phillips 66 said in its filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Units affected included the 25.2 crude distillation unit, one of the first steps in the oil refining process, and the 27.1 fluid catalytic cracking unit.

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By BEN LEFEBVRE

OLD OCEAN -- Phillips 66 said it would take "several days" to fully restart its Sweeny refinery in Old Ocean, Texas, after a power outage the day before.

The power failure was triggered by a larger outage in Texas and New Mexico, Phillips 66 said in its filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Units affected included the 25.2 crude distillation unit, one of the first steps in the oil refining process, and the 27.1 fluid catalytic cracking unit, a key gasoline production unit, according to the filing.

"Power has been restored and the refinery is in the process of restarting, which is expected to take several days to complete," Phillips 66 spokesman Rich Johnson said.

The Sweeny refinery processes up to 247,000 bpd, including large volumes of heavy, sour crude.


Dow Jones Newswires



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Jon Davis
05.20.2013

There is a 27.2 Cogen Unit associated with the 27.1 FCC, but I don't know if it was in service at the time of the outage..

Luiz Diogo de Vasconcellos
05.14.2013

Could anyone tell me more details? I would like to know if there were any power generating unit in operation when the system outage took place. If that was the case, was that unit not able to keep at least the essential equipment and systems in operation? I would like to know because I'm involved in the engineering design of a grassroots petrichemical plant in Brazil, where we may face a similar situation in the future.

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