August 31, 2017 / 11:13 AM / 10 months ago

Damage may delay Marathon Galveston Bay FCCU return: sources

HOUSTON (Reuters) - The restart of the gasoline-producing fluidic catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) at Marathon Petroleum Corp’s (MPC.N) 459,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) Galveston Bay Refinery may be delayed due to damage, said sources familiar with plant operations.

Some units at the refinery in Texas City, Texas, are on circulation after being shut for the passage of Harvey, the worst storm to hit Texas in more than 50 years, the sources said.

Marathon spokesman Jamal Kheiry declined to comment on the status of individual units at the refinery. Earlier in the day, Marathon said the refinery was restarting units idled by Harvey’s passage over the coastal city, 45 miles (72 kilometers) southwest of Houston, on Tuesday.

On the 120,000-bpd FCCU a reactor tube, where feedstock, catalyst and steam mix together, blew out on Wednesday, the sources said. The time needed to repair the tube was unknown.

Units on circulation are maintained at operating temperatures, circulating feedstock, but not producing product. It allows for a quick restart.

Marathon said the units it was restarting would ramp up production as pipeline and other transportation logistics improve.

Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Sandra Maler and Lisa Shumaker

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