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Exxon Baton Rouge Plant Said to Shut Hydrocracker Next Week

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Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Exxon Mobil Corp.’s refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, will shut a hydrocracker next week for about two weeks of planned work, two people familiar with operations said.

The refinery currently has an alkylation unit shut for repairs, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.

Hydrocrackers convert heavy feedstocks into lighter fuels such as high-octane gasoline and diesel. Alkylation units work with catalytic crackers to make high-octane gasoline-blending components.

Stephanie Cargile, a spokeswomen for the refinery in Baton Rouge, said in an e-mail that planned maintenance is under way and declined to comment on specific unit status.

The plant can process 503,500 barrels of crude oil a day, according to data compiled Bloomberg.

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

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

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