Exxon Baton Rouge Plant Said to Shut Hydrocracker Next Week

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM)’s refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, will shut a hydrocracker next week for about two weeks of planned work, two people familiar with operations said.

The refinery currently has an alkylation unit shut for repairs, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is not public.

Hydrocrackers convert heavy feedstocks into lighter fuels such as high-octane gasoline and diesel. Alkylation units work with catalytic crackers to make high-octane gasoline blending components.

Todd Spitler, a spokesman for Exxon in Fairfax, Virginia, and Jennifer Hughes and Stephanie Cargile, spokeswomen for the refinery in Baton Rouge, didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

The Baton Rouge refinery can process 503,500 barrels of crude oil a day, according to data compiled Bloomberg.

To contact the reporter on this story: Barbara Powell in Houston at bpowell4@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net

Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.

Bloomberg reserves the right to remove comments but is under no obligation to do so, or to explain individual moderation decisions.

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.