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Oxygen Shortage Forces Texas Refinery to Shut Part of Key Unit

  • Citgo Corpus Christi shutters part of sulfur recovery unit
  • Citgo’s oxygen supply cut amid greater medical need for gas
A Citgo oil refinery stands in Corpus Christi, Texas..

Photographer: Eddie Seal/Bloomberg

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A refinery on the Texas Gulf Coast shut part of a key process unit due to a lack of oxygen supply amid a resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic, with authorities citing increased medical demand for the gas.

Citgo Petroleum Corp. is shutting down a section of a sulfur recovery unit known as a B-train for four days due to the loss of third-party oxygen supply “resulting from increased medical field demand,” according to a state environmental filing. Oxygen is used to boost the ability to recover the sulfur.