By CHRISTINE HARVEY & LYNN DOAN
PARSIPANNY (Bloomberg) -- PBF Energy will
delay a sulfur unit turnaround at the Delaware City,
Delaware, refinery until next spring, two people familiar with
The refinery, which was initially
expected to do the work as part of maintenance this month, will halt to
replace an exchanger on the sulfur unit, said the people, who
asked not to be identified because the information isnt
public. Work on a fluid catalytic cracker is planned for the
fall of 2014, one of the people said.
The plants current turnaround, which began early this
month and is expected to last about 40 days, includes a coker,
crude unit and hydrocracker, according to the people. Some maintenance is also being conducted
on a hydrogen plant and desulfurizer, they said.
Cokers convert heavy refinery streams, such as vacuum
bottoms, into light products such as naphtha and heating oil.
Hydrocrackers refine heavy feedstocks into lighter fuels such
as high-octane gasoline or fuel oil, while FCCs upgrade vacuum
gasoil into lighter petroleum products including gasoline and
The refinery was carrying out required maintenance on a unit
yesterday, according to a message left on a community
Michael Karlovich, a PBF spokesman declined to comment.
The Delaware City refinery can process 182,200 bpd,
according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The site runs heavy
high sulfur crudes and recently completed a project that boosted its ability to
receive Bakken crude by rail to about 160,000 bpd, according to
the company. It receives an additional 30,000 bpd by barge.