Midwest gasoline strengthened as Valero Energy Corp. (VLO:US) operated the fluid catalytic cracker at reduced rates at its Memphis refinery.
The unit has a leak in an overhead line, said Bill Day, a spokesman for the company in San Antonio. Workers at Husky Energy Inc. (HSE)’s Lima refinery in Ohio began a strike after negotiations to reach a contract agreement with the company failed.
The discount for regular, 87-octane gasoline in Chicago narrowed 5 cents to 4.5 cents a gallon against futures traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange at 12:56 p.m., according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Prompt delivery slipped 0.31 cent to $2.7784 a gallon.
The Lima refinery can process 160,000 barrels of crude a day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. “Operations have not been affected” by the strike, Mel Duvall, a Calgary-based company spokesman, said in an e-mailed statement.
The same fuel in the Midwest, or Group 3, strengthened 1.62 cents to a discount of 8.13 cents a gallon to futures.
Flint Hills Resources LLC’s Corpus Christi refinery in Texas shut a crude unit, according to Genscape Inc., an energy information provider. A 104,000-barrel-a-day crude section in the West plant of the refinery was off, Hillary Stevenson, manager of data integrity at Genscape, said in a telephone interview yesterday.
The discount for reformulated, 87-octane gasoline, or RBOB, in the Gulf Coast narrowed 0.5 cent to 3.5 cents a gallon against futures.
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