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Conoco Said to Shut Sulfur Recovery Unit at Louisiana Refinery

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Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) -- ConocoPhillips has shut the main sulfur recovery unit at its Lake Charles refinery in Westlake, Louisiana, people familiar with the plant’s operations said.

The unit was shut yesterday after a leak was discovered, said the people, who declined to be identified because they aren’t authorized to speak for the refinery.

The refinery shut a unit because hydrogen sulfide was leaking from piping, according to a filing with the National Response Center. The filing didn’t identify the unit.

Bill Stephens, a company spokesman, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking more information.

Sulfur recovery units capture and hold sulfur removed during desulfurization.

The refinery processes mostly heavy, high-sulfur crude oil. Its main products are transportation fuels such as gasoline and jet fuel, according to the company’s website.

The plant, near Lake Charles in southwestern Louisiana, has a capacity of 252,400 barrels of oil a day, according to the Energy Department.

To contact the reporters on this story: Barbara Powell in Dallas at bpowell4@bloomberg.net; Aaron Clark in New York at aclark27@bloomberg.net

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

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