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Tesoro Said to Study Restart of Shuttered Reformer for Chemicals

Tesoro Corp., the largest refiner in the western U.S., is considering reviving a long-shuttered reformer at its Northern California refinery to help meet increasing global demand for petrochemicals, two people with knowledge of the situation said.

The Golden Eagle plant near Martinez, California, has been cleaning out the reformer as San Antonio, Texas-based Tesoro decides whether to bring the unit back into service to supply feedstock to chemical plants in markets including Asia, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.