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Citgo to restart fire-damaged Illinois refinery unit

01.06.2014  | 

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. The company is working on areas around the unit.

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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 isn’t public.

Raymond Fohr, a spokesman for Citgo in Houston, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail on the timing of the restart.

The October 23 fire shut the atmospheric and vacuum portions of a crude unit at Citgo’s 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 general’s website.



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