Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM:US) is shutting the crude distillation unit at the Torrance, California, refinery for a week or two of repairs related to a metallurgical issue, a person familiar with the operations said.
The rest of the units at the 150,000-barrel-a-day plant near Los Angeles will operate at about half of normal rates while the crude unit is out of commission, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.
Gesuina Paras, an Exxon spokeswoman at the refinery, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail requesting comment.
The crude unit returned to full rates earlier this month after parts were shut for a planned turnaround that also included work on a coker and alkylation unit, two people familiar with the schedule said at the time.
The Torrance refinery, which processes mostly heavy crude from California’s San Joaquin Valley, makes almost 10 percent of the state’s gasoline and provides jet fuel to Los Angeles International Airport by pipeline, Exxon’s website shows.
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