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Citgo Said to Plan January Louisiana Refinery Cat Cracker Work

Citgo Petroleum Corp. will shut a fluid catalytic cracker for about 40 days of work starting in early January at its Lake Charles refinery in Louisiana, according to two people familiar with the plans.

Cat cracker B will be shut for maintenance, said one of the people, who declined to be identified because they aren’t authorized to speak for the company. Extensive work, including the changing of the unit’s catalyst, is scheduled, said the other person.

Fernando Garay, a company spokesman, declined to comment.

A turnaround on the B cat cracker is scheduled for 2011, according to a filing made with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. A turnaround on cat cracker C is scheduled in 2012, according to the filing.

The refinery operates three cat crackers, each with a capacity of about 50,000 barrels a day, one of the people said. The units are operating at approximately 45,000 barrels of capacity now, according to the person.

The refinery has a capacity of 440,000 barrels a day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The plant can produce about 186,000 barrels of gasoline and 95,000 barrels of diesel fuel a day, according to the company’s website.

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