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Valero returns Memphis refinery to full rates after frigid-air shutdown

01.13.2014  | 

Valero Energy’s Memphis refinery is operating at normal rates after a system shutdown on January 6 because of low temperatures, a person familiar with the company's operations said.

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By BARBARA POWELL

SAN ANTONIO (Bloomberg) -- Valero Energy’s Memphis refinery is operating at normal rates after a system shutdown on January 6 because of low temperatures, a person familiar with operations said.

The plant ran some equipment at lower rates after instruments froze, water lines on process units burst and units tripped off because of the weather, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.

A filing dated January 6 with the National Response Center said low temperatures caused a system shutdown. The company said in a voicemail January 6 that the refinery’s flare gas recovery compressors were tripping off, Bob Rogers, manager of pollution control for the Shelby County health department, said in a phone interview on January 7.

Bill Day, a Valero spokesman in San Antonio, said in a telephone interview that he has no comment on the refinery’s status.

The Memphis plant, which can process 195,000 bpd of crude and other feedstocks, uses primarily light and sweet crude oil delivered by the Capline pipeline, according to Valero’s website. Capline runs from St. James, Louisiana, to Patoka, Illinois.



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