Crude unit remains offline at Garyville refinery

A crude unit shuttered as a result of inclement weather on May 28 at Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s 522,000-b/d Garyville, La., refinery will remain down for about 2 weeks, the company said.

The refinery was struck by a tornado during the May 28 storm, which damaged a cooling water system that serves part of the plant and forced the No. 1 crude unit as well as other unidentified units to be taken off line, Marathon reported.

Based on the company’s initial assessment of the damage and necessary repairs, Marathon said it expects the crude unit to be operational by mid-June.

But refinery throughputs are not anticipated to be greatly impacted, with Marathon projecting less than a 5% to planned throughputs for this quarter.

Marathon confirmed earlier in the week that the second crude unit and other unidentified units at Garyville continue to operate normally following the storm (OGJ Online, May 28, 2014).

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