By ELIOT CAROOM
HOUSTON (Bloomberg) -- Citgo Petroleum will
try to restart the vacuum section of a crude unit at its Lemont
refinery in mid-January that was
shut after an October fire, according to a person familiar with
the progress of repairs.
The company is repairing areas around the vacuum unit,
including pipe racks that were damaged in the fire, said the
person, who asked not to be identified because the information
Fernando Garay, a spokesman for Citgo in Houston,
didnt immediately reply to a request for comment.
A fire on October 23 shut the atmospheric and vacuum
portions of a crude unit at Citgos 170,500 bpd refinery in Illinois, which
processes mostly heavy Canadian crude.
The incident left the refinerys only crude unit
visibly leaning to the side, two people familiar with plant
operations said previously, asking not to be identified because
the information wasnt public. The fire took place while a
malfunctioning pump was being replaced, the people said.
The plant restarted the atmospheric distillation section of the crude
unit on November 11, according to a company statement.
The company must demonstrate the safety of its repaired unit
to state officials before restarting it, according to the
Illinois attorney generals website.