Citgo Corpus Christi Said to Shut Refinery for 35 Days Work

Citgo Petroleum Corp. began shutting both plants at its Corpus Christi, Texas, refinery yesterday for about 35 days of planned maintenance, according to a person with knowledge of the work.

The turnaround includes a crude unit at the East Plant and a coker, sulfur recovery unit and mixed distillate hydrotreater at the West Plant, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.

A message on a community hotline on Feb. 3 said that the refinery planned to shut units for planned maintenance until March 10.

Fernando Garay, a Houston-based spokesman for Citgo, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail and voice mail seeking comment. Garay said in an e-mail on Feb. 4 that the company doesn’t disclose its planned maintenance schedules.

Citgo’s Corpus Christi East and West plants have a combined capacity of 165,000 barrels a day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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

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