California's tough refining operations have claimed another victim. Pacific Refining Co., Long Beach, will halt processing at its 50,000 b/d Hercules, Calif., refinery and shut down its related subsidiary Western Fuel Oil Co. within 60 days. The Hercules site will continue limited operations as a product distribution terminal, including rack sales of transportation fuels, marine bunkering, and asphalt blending and sales. Process equipment will be mothballed indefinitely. Pacific pledged to meet all supply commitments and help customers find other supplies where needed. A number of small refineries i...

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