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Holly Navajo Said to Be Restarting Units After Planned Repairs

Feb. 12 (Bloomberg) -- HollyFrontier Corp. is restarting equipment at the Navajo oil refinery in New Mexico as it nears the end of a planned maintenance turnaround, a person familiar with the work said.

Units at the refinery’s Lovington plant have returned to service, and work at the Artesia plant is expected to be completed over the next week, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. Artesia units will also begin restarting within a week, the person said.

The Navajo refinery, consisting of the two plants about 65 miles (105 kilometers) apart, can process 100,000 barrels a day, HollyFrontier said in a presentation last month. The refinery runs sour and heavy crudes and distributes products to Arizona, New Mexico and western Texas, the presentation shows.

Julia Heidenreich, a spokeswoman at HollyFrontier’s headquarters in Dallas, declined by e-mail to comment on the refinery’s turnaround schedule.

The maintenance at the Navajo refinery was expected to last six to eight weeks, Hayley Klein, executive director of the Artesia Chamber of Commerce, said Jan. 15. Workers began arriving the week of Jan. 7 for the repairs, she said.

The refinery planned to shut a crude unit, a fluid catalytic cracker and alkylation unit as part of the work, the company said Nov. 7.

To contact the reporter on this story: Lynn Doan in San Francisco at ldoan6@bloomberg.net

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

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