HOUSTON, April 9 Gasoline climbed 6 cents a
gallon in the Los Angeles spot market on Monday as Chevron Corp
plans to overhaul a coking unit this month at its
273,000-barrels-per-day Los Angeles-area refinery in El Segundo,
California, traders said.
Gasoline blended to meet California's strict environmental
standards sold at a 3-cent discount, up from a previous finish
at 9 cents under NYMEX May RBOB gasoline.
A Chevron spokesman declined to discuss operations at the
"The facility regularly conducts routine maintenance on
various pieces of equipment within the refinery and, as a matter
of practice we generally do not discuss any details about the
day-to-day operations of the facility," Chevron spokesman Rod
The coker overhaul is expected to begin in the last full
week of April and continue for about four weeks, traders said.
A coking unit increases the amount of refinable material
from a barrel of oil and turns residual crude into petroleum
coke, a coal substitute.