Conoco Reports Power Dip at Wood River, Illinois, Refinery
By Leela Landress –
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Feb 28, 2011
ConocoPhillips reported that a power dip led to flaring at its Wood River refinery in Illinois, according to a filing with state regulators. The flaring of sulfur dioxide yesterday was caused by the power drop in a distilling wet gas compressor, the filing with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency showed.
Rich Johnson, a Houston-based spokesman for ConocoPhillips, said by e-mail that the company declined to comment on day-to- day refinery operations. Outages can increase prices for refined products as companies turn to spot markets to help them meet supply contracts. Operational disruptions can also depress prices for crude oil as less feedstock is used.
In a separate filing with the state, the Houston-based company reported a failure of a flange gasket on a 4-inch pipeline on Feb. 26 that caused the release of over 1,000 pounds of sulfuric acid. The Wood River refinery is part of a joint venture with Alberta oil-sands producer Cenovus Energy Inc. designed to increase the amount of heavy Canadian crude processed in ConocoPhillipss Wood River and Borger, Texas, refineries.
Wood River is on the Mississippi River near Roxana, Illinois, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) northeast of St. Louis, according to the companys 2008 Fact Book. The plant processes light, low-sulfur, and heavy, high-sulfur, crude oil.
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