Texaco Refining & Marketing Inc. is preparing to bring parts of its 95,000 b/d Wilmington, Calif., refinery back on line following an Oct. 8 explosion (OGJ, Oct. 19, p. 40). The explosion occurred in the hydrocracker, also directly affecting the hydrogen generation unit and steam methane reformer. Texaco shut down all six process units at the refinery, including the undamaged crude distillation, fluid catalytic cracking, delayed coking, and sulfuric acid alkylation units. The crude unit was originally projected to come back on line Oct. 21, though at presstime, Texaco was uncertain whether this deadline would be met. A ...

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