By OGJ editors HOUSTON, Aug. 17, 2007— Valero Energy Corp. reported a breakdown in its coker unit at its 325,000 b/d Port Arthur refinery, spokesman Bill Day said Aug 16. The coker will remain on circulation until the problem is resolved, which Valero expects to happen by Aug. 22. Meanwhile, the company expects a drop in production of 70,000 b/d of gasoline and 50,000 b/d of distillates, he said
The Refinery coker production in US (& Worldwide) has had about 1/3 of the refineries idled due to fires, hurricanes, accidents and turnarounds this year and have canceled out the new coke production over the last year & half.
This Valero Pt Arthur coker breakdown also took 5,000 sdt/d of fuel coke off the market for 6+ days that will not be made up this year.
Valero is one of three refineries (Motiva & Total are the other two) that have announced plans to expand their refineries & coker capacities. Regards Charlie Randall