By ELIOT CAROOM
HOUSTON (Bloomberg) -- Citgo Petroleum
plans to restart on January 15 the vacuum section of a crude
unit that was shut at its refinery in Lemont, Illinois, after
an October fire, according to a person familiar with the
progress of repairs.
The company is working on areas around the unit, said the
person, who asked not to be identified because the information
Raymond Fohr, a spokesman for Citgo in Houston, didnt
immediately respond to an e-mail on the timing of the
The October 23 fire shut the atmospheric and vacuum portions
of a crude unit at Citgos 170,500 bpd plant, which
processes mostly heavy Canadian crude.
The plant started the atmospheric distillation section 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.