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Tesoro to shut Los Angeles refinery hydrocracker in January for repairs

11.26.2013  | 

Tesoro’s Los Angeles refinery, made up of two plants in Carson and Wilmington, can run a total of 363,000 bpd. The Wilmington complex primarily runs heavy crude produced in California and imported from abroad, while the Carson site runs oil from Alaska’s North Slope, the Middle East and West Africa.

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By LYNN DOAN

LOS ANGELES (Bloomberg) -- Tesoro’s 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 isn’t public.

Hydrocrackers convert heavy hydrocarbons into lighter fuels such as high-octane gasoline and diesel.

Tina Barbee, a Tesoro spokeswoman at the company’s headquarters in San Antonio, declined to comment on the work in an e-mail.

Tesoro’s 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 Alaska’s North Slope, the Middle East and West Africa, according to the company statements.

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 shows.



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