By LYNN DOAN
LOS ANGELES (Bloomberg) --
Tesoros Los Angeles-area refinery plans to shut a
hydrocracker for repairs in January, according to two people
familiar with the schedule.
Maintenance on the unit is expected
to last about six weeks, said one of the people, who asked not
to be identified because the information isnt public.
Hydrocrackers convert heavy hydrocarbons into lighter fuels
such as high-octane gasoline and diesel.
Tina Barbee, a Tesoro spokeswoman at the companys
headquarters in San Antonio, declined to comment on the work in
Tesoros Los Angeles refinery, made up of two plants in
Carson and Wilmington, can run a total of 363,000 bpd, data
compiled by Bloomberg show. The Wilmington complex primarily
runs heavy crude produced in California and imported from
abroad, while the Carson site runs oil from Alaskas North
Slope, the Middle East and West Africa, according to the
Tesoro bought the 266,000 bpd Carson plant from BP on June
1. The company has been integrating the two complexes and
refers to both collectively as the Los Angeles refinery, a November 6 statement