Sunoco Delays Marcus Hook Cat Cracker Startup, Official Says

Sunoco Inc. (SUN) has delayed the startup of a fluid catalytic cracker at its Marcus Hook refinery after a power failure March 28 shut units, according to a regulator.

Sunoco told the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection earlier today that a fluid catalytic cracker won’t return to operation today, according to Lynda Rebarchak, a spokeswoman for the department’s southeast regional office.

A plant flare went out late yesterday and refinery workers are attempting to relight the flare, which must occur prior to the unit returning to operation, she said.

Previously Sunoco told the emissions regulator that the plant might be back in operation today, Rebarchak said in an April 1 e-mail.

The Marcus Hook refinery has a capacity of 194,000 barrels a day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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