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Valero had a power failure & 2 small fires connected to plant & the fluid coker. (It appears from comments the large amounts of visible steam was being called “pollution” by some of the observers – a common problem with public/reporters.)
But the power failure, fires, fluid coker & incident may say that GE isn’t doing much better job than Texaco had in getting the Delaware “Texaco Gasification” power unit to perform as designed. The problems around this unit led to fines for Motiva even after the refinery was sold to Valero & “exposure” led to Texaco selling its Gasification technology to GE who had been providing the turbines in their Gasification projects & had experience with other non-petcoke gasification applications.
This kind of repeated on-going trouble could put Delaware on the same auction block as current Aruba, Memphis, Krotz Springs, Houston, and Ardmore refineries are. The relationship between Motiva, and the collective – stale & local officials and public, prior to their sale to Valero ,had become almost as toxic as the emissions. And all have made it clear that Valero gets no grace period correcting the problems.