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Citgo Corpus Christi Said to Begin Plant Restart by March 25

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March 21 (Bloomberg) -- Citgo Petroleum Corp. plans to begin restarting its Corpus Christi, Texas, refinery between this weekend and March 25 following planned repairs, according to a person with knowledge of the work.

Maintenance is complete at the complex’s East and West plants and the units are being cleaned out with steam in preparation for start, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.

The refinery has been shut since the first week of February for work that included repairs on the crude unit at the East plant and on a coker, sulfur recovery unit and mixed distillate hydrotreater at the West plant, the person said.

A community hotline message on March 6 said the East and West plants might flare over the next seven days as units were being started. The company said on Feb. 3 that the refinery planned to shut for work until March 10.

A company official said Citgo would issue an update once the turnaround is over and operations have returned to normal.

The East and West plants that make up the Corpus Christi refinery complex have a combined capacity of 163,000 barrels a day, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

Citgo is a subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela SA, the state oil company of Venezuela.

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

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net Charlotte Porter, Richard Stubbe

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