Phillips 66 Said to Idle Borger Catalytic Cracker for Repair

Phillips 66’s Borger, Texas, oil refinery may be forced to keep a fluid catalytic cracker shut for at least two weeks for repairs, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

The No. 40 fluid catalytic cracker, one of two of the systems at the refinery, is shut for work on its regenerator, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.

Borger reported to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Sept. 24 that it would perform planned maintenance on Unit 40 through Oct. 3. On Oct. 13, the refinery reported emissions from a process upset. Two days later, the company reported there might be flaring related to the startup of the unit.

Conventional, 85-octane gasoline to be blended with ethanol, or CBOB, in the Gulf Coast dropped 4.25 cents to 17.25 cents a gallon below futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange at 3:50 p.m., the biggest drop since Sept. 4.

The Borger refinery has a second catalytic cracker known as Unit 29, or No. 29. The crackers process fuel oil and other products from crude distillation into gasoline and diesel fuel. An extended outage may force a refinery to reduce crude processing rates.

Rich Johnson, a spokesman at Phillips 66’s headquarters in Houston, said there is planned maintenance under way at Borger.

The plant, a joint venture of Phillips and Cenovus Energy Inc., has a capacity of 146,000 barrels a day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. It processes mostly medium-sour crude from West Texas, the Texas Panhandle, Wyoming and Canada, according to Phillips’s website.