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Valero Meraux Oil Refinery Restarts Crude Unit After July Fire

Valero Energy Corp.’s Meraux oil refinery in Louisiana restarted its crude unit, which has been shut since a July 22 fire.

It will take “several days” for the unit to run at full rates, Bill Day, a San Antonio-based spokesman for the company, said by phone.

The company shut the entire 135,000-barrel-a-day refinery, 10 miles (16 kilometers) east of New Orleans, after the fire. It restarted downstream production units at the plant Aug. 6 and ran them at reduced rates.

Hurricane Isaac, which hit Louisiana in late August, delayed Valero’s plans to restart the crude unit in the first week of September.

Valero restarted the downstream units Sept. 4 and has been running them at reduced rates. The downstream units will advance to full rates with the crude unit, Day said.

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