Refinery FCCU output cut because of chemical plant upset

Production on the gasoline-producing fluidic catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) was cut back about 15% at Lyondell Basell Industries’ 263,776-barrel-per-day (bpd) Houston refinery, sources familiar with plant operations said.

The 110,000-bpd FCCU reduced production first because of maintenance and then due to a malfunction at Lyondell’s Channelview, Texas chemical complex, the sources said.

Lyondell spokeswoman Patricia Shieh-Lance declined to comment.

The Channelview complex began performing maintenance on Saturday, reducing its capacity to receive petrochemicals produced along with gasoline by the FCCU, the sources said.

Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Sandra Maler and Grant McCool REUTERS. 

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