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Marathon returns Detroit refinery to full rates after repair of hydrotreater

12.24.2013  | 

Marathon Petroleum’s 114,000-bpd Detroit refinery is expected to reach full rates after completing the restart of a diesel hydrotreater, according to a person familiar with operations.

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By CHRISTINE HARVEY

FINDLAY (Bloomberg) -- Marathon Petroleum’s 114,000-bpd Detroit refinery is expected to reach full rates after completing the restart of a diesel hydrotreater, according to a person familiar with operations.

The unit, used to remove sulfur from diesel, was started December 20 after shutting the previous day when a gasket blew out on a check valve, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information is not public. Repairs are completed and the unit is expected to ramp up to 100% of capacity by the end of the day, the person said.

Brandon Daniels, a communications manager at Marathon, said in an e-mail that the company doesn’t comment on refining operations and has no information to provide.

The refinery, which completed a project in 2012 that boosted its heavy oil capacity by 80,000 bbl, processes a wide range of crude grades from light-sweet to heavy-sour, according to the company’s website.

It produces gasoline, diesel, propane, propylene, slurry and fuel-grade coke and distributes products by pipeline, truck, rail and barge, the website shows.



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Hirak Dutta
12.25.2013

Can we have the RCA? How the gasket blew away? This will enable other refiners to take precautionary measures.

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