Husky Lima Said to Restart Crude Unit Tomorrow After Maintenance

Husky Energy Inc. expects to restart a crude unit and several related units tomorrow at its refinery in Lima, Ohio, and have them running normally as soon as Monday, according to a person familiar with operations at the plant.

The company is also loading catalyst into a new kerosene hydrotreater today and expects to have the unit up and running within the next 30 days, said the person, who asked not to be identified because he is not authorized to speak for the plant.

The Lima refinery can process as much as 160,000 barrels of crude a day. It processes primarily light, sweet crude, Husky said on its website.

The refinery has been running a crude unit, a vacuum unit, an ultraformer, a hydrocracker and a gas plant at reduced rates for the past two weeks while planned maintenance was under way, the person said.

A “minor turnaround” began March 10 and was expected to last two weeks, Kim Guttormson, a spokeswoman for Calgary-based Husky, said in an e-mail. The work is on schedule, she said.

The kerosene hydrotreater will be able to process 20,000 barrels a day of feedstock. The unit will increase diesel and jet fuel production. Husky said in its fourth-quarter earnings statement on Feb. 6 that it was nearing completion of construction of the unit and expected to start production later this year.

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