Citgo plans FCC work at huge Louisiana refinery


HOUSTON (Bloomberg) -- Citgo Petroleum plans to perform maintenance on a fluid catalytic cracker at its Lake Charles, Louisiana, refinery in the first quarter of 2014, a person familiar with the schedule said.

The work will probably take place in January or February, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.

Fernando Garay, a Citgo spokesman in Houston, declined to comment. Citgo is owned by a subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela (PdVSA).

A fluid catalytic cracker upgrades heavy gasoil into lighter, more valuable transportation fuels. Citgo’s Lake Charles plant, about 80 km east of Port Arthur, Texas, can process 440,000 bpd of crude, the sixth-largest in the US, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. It processes heavy crude, the company’s website shows.

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