By BARBARA POWELL
SAN ANTONIO (Bloomberg) -- Valero
Energys 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 isnt
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 refinerys 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 refinerys 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
Valeros website. Capline runs from St. James, Louisiana,
to Patoka, Illinois.