Lyondell plans to restart Houston refinery FCC next week

Lyondell Basell Industries plans to restart the gasoline-producing fluidic catalytic cracker (FCC) at its 263,776 barrel-per-day (bpd) Houston refinery next week, sources familiar with plant operations said.

Lyondell spokeswoman Chevalier Gray declined to comment.

Lyondell plans to complete repairs to the 90,000 bpd FCC this week and restart the unit next week, the sources said. The FCC was shut by a Feb. 16 fire that led to the discovery of multiple cracks in the unit’s reactor.

Previously the sources had told Reuters the unit would likely be shut through the end of April. But since that time Lyondell has focused remaining contract workers in the refinery on the FCC work, the sources said.

Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Tom Brown

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