Citgo Petroleum Corp. said it plans to resume partial crude processing operations at its 167,000-b/d Lemont, Ill., refinery following a fire at the crude distillation unit early last week (OGJ Online, Oct. 24, 2013).
The vacuum distillation unit was the only unit impacted by the Oct. 23 fire, Citgo said. With that unit now isolated from the connecting atmospheric distillation tower, plans are under way to restart the atmospheric section of the crude distillation unit at reduced rates by the end of next week.
There is no information available yet regarding when repairs to the vacuum distillation unit will be completed, the company said.
While Citgo said last week that some downstream units continue to operate in the wake of the fire, identification of those units as well as the refinery’s current output remain unavailable.