Chevron Says El Segundo Refinery Normal After Coker Disruption 2008-05-15 16:22 (New York)
By Robert Tuttle
May 15, 2008 (Bloomberg) — Chevron Corp., the second-largest oil
company in the U.S., said a coker unit has returned to normal
after a disruption curtailed process rates yesterday.
“We had a little problem with a controller,” Rod
Spackman, a refinery spokesman, said in a telephone interview.
“We sorted through that fairly quickly and had the unit back up
on rates within a couple of hours.”
The disruption caused flaring, or the burning of gases into
the air, Spackman said. Cokers take the heaviest components of
crude oil and refine them into lighter components used to make
The refinery, the largest in the state, has the capacity to
process 274,000 barrels a day, U.S. Energy Department data show.
Exxon Mobil Corp. is the largest U.S. oil company.