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    Conoco to Start Carson Plant Units After Power Loss
    By Paul Burkhardt and Samantha Zee – Sep 20, 2010 6:29 PM CT
    ConocoPhillips expects flaring at its Los Angeles refinery complex to continue as units are restarted today after being shut because of a power failure, a company spokesman said.
    The company’s Carson plant “experienced a regional power dip caused by an interruption to the external supply,” at about 8:30 a.m. local time, Bill Stephens, a company spokesman, said in an e-mail.
    “Due to the interruption in power, the refinery shut down some units that generated flaring at the refinery,” he said. “Limited flaring will continue on and off as we restart those refining units.”
    Stephens declined to identify the units involved.
    The plant has capacity of 147,000 barrels a day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. ConocoPhillips’s refinery operations in the Los Angeles area are made up of two linked facilities about 5 miles apart in Carson and Wilmington, the company website shows.
    Earlier today, Conoco reported a breakdown and flaring at the Carson plant, which occurred at 8:30 a.m., and lasted about 30 minutes, according to a filing with the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
    More than 500 pounds of sulfur dioxide was released into the atmosphere through flaring, according to a separate filing with the California Emergency Management Agency.
    Flaring at Wilmington
    The Wilmington plant also reported flaring “from unknown causes” today and released more than 500 pounds of sulfur dioxide, according to another filing from the California Emergency Management Agency.
    A power failure lasting about a minute today in the Wilmington area affected about 100 industrial customers, said Gale Harris, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The utility serves 1.4 million commercial, industrial and residential customers, she said.
    “There was a relay on the line, which means the line sort of corrects itself, and then it was fine in a minute,” she said. The industrial customers affected are served by a 34.5- kilowatt line.
    The premium for California-blend gasoline, or Carbob, in Los Angeles was unchanged at 14.5 cents a gallon versus futures traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange as of 4:12 p.m. New York time. Prompt delivery of the fuel added 3.04 cents to $2.0946 a gallon.
    Carbob’s premium in San Francisco weakened 0.75 cent to 18 cents a gallon. The prompt price added 2.29 cents to $2.1296 a gallon.
    To contact the reporter on this story: Paul Burkhardt in New York at pburkhardt@bloomberg.net; Samantha Zee in San Francisco at szee@bloomberg.net
    To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.n

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