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Exxon Says Baton Rouge Work Includes Catalytic Cracker

Feb. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Exxon Mobil Corp.’s refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is performing maintenance on a fluid catalytic cracker and associated units that will last several weeks, Kevin Allexon, a company spokesman, said in an e-mail.

Allexon, based in Fairfax, Virginia, said the refinery began the turnaround on Feb. 5.

Catalytic crackers are the main gasoline-making units at a refinery. The Baton Rouge plant, second-largest in the U.S. after Exxon’s refinery in Baytown, Texas, has a fluid catalytic cracking capacity of 243,000 barrels a day, according to the U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration.

The EIA’s 2010 refinery capacity report does not say how many catalytic crackers are at the Baton Rouge plant, and Allexon said he had “no further details to share.”

The Baton Rouge refinery processes domestic crudes from Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Alaska, according to the company’s website. It also imports crude from Mexico, the North Sea, West Africa, South America, Central America and the Arabian Gulf.

The plant can process 525,000 barrels of oil a day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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

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

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