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Husky Energy Plans to Commission New Equipment at Lima, Ohio, Refinery

Husky Energy Inc. plans to commission a new piece of equipment on Oct. 9 at its Lima, Ohio, refinery, the company said in a message left on a community hot line.

“There is nothing material that is occurring at the refinery at this time, so we have no statement,” Graham White, a company spokesman, said today. There is no impact to production, he said.

Maintenance was scheduled for this fall on the refinery’s fluid catalytic cracker and coker units, the company said on its website in April. It said “several major environmental and reliability projects will be installed.”

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said construction was completed today on a new natural gas-fired steam boiler. When the boiler is installed, the refinery will permanently shut down the carbon monoxide boiler used in conjunction with the fluid catalytic cracking unit, according to the EPA.

The refinery’s production units include a fluid catalytic cracker, a hydrocracker, a delayed coker and a catalytic reformer. Cat crackers process vacuum gasoil into gasoline or lighter products while hydrocrackers convert heavy hydrocarbons into fuels such as diesel.

The refinery makes 25 percent of the gasoline used in Ohio, along with 30,000 barrels a day of diesel and 25,000 of jet fuel, plus residual fuels and petrochemical feedstocks, according to the company’s website. About 80 percent of the crude processed at the refinery is domestic, with additional supplies from the North Sea and West Africa, according to the Canadian company.

The Lima plant has a capacity of 170,000 barrels a day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The refinery accounts for about 4.2 percent of the refining capacity in the Midwest, or PADD 2, region of the U.S.

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