Houston, 24 October (Argus) –Scheduled maintenance on a coker at LyondellBasell’s Houston, Texas, refinery will be extended until the end of November because of equipment damage unrelated to the unit, the company said.
Lyondell initially scheduled completion for October, spokesman David Harpole said.
“The original project involved using a crane to conduct maintenance through the top of the coker, and the crane was damaged in an accident unrelated to the turnaround activity,” Harpole said. “We had to design a different approach that was more time-consuming than the original scope.”
The crane collapsed on July 18, claiming the lives of four contractors working for the crane company. The other coker at the refinery is operating, Harpole said. Lyondell’s Houston refinery can process 268,000 b/d of crude.