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Gulf Gasoline Rises to One-Week High on Convent Fire, Citgo Work

Gulf Coast gasoline strengthened to the highest level in almost a week after Motiva Enterprises LLC reported a fire at its Convent, Louisiana, refinery and as Citgo Petroleum Corp. began shutting units at two Texas refineries.

A section of the larger of the Convent refinery’s two crude units, known as vacuum pipestill No. 2, was shut yesterday after the fire. Planned maintenance at Citgo’s East and West plants in Corpus Christi began yesterday. The company declined to identify the units or length of the outage in an e-mail.

The Motiva and Citgo plants, with a combined capacity of 420,000 barrels per day, account for almost 5 percent of total Gulf Coast capacity, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The premium for reformulated, 87-octane gasoline on the Gulf Coast advanced 1 cent to 5.75 cents a gallon versus futures traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange at 2:05 p.m. Ultra-low-sulfur diesel in the region rose by 1.12 cents to 6.25 cents a gallon.

Western Refining Inc.’s Gallup refinery in New Mexico has a capacity of 23,000 barrels per day and is also down for maintenance until later this week.

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