* Ultraformer undergoing unplanned overhaul - source
* Refinery has total reforming capacity of 138,000 bpd
(Adds details from source)
NEW YORK, March 19 BP Plc (BP.L) (BP.N) said
that a gasoline-making ultraformer unit at its 455,790
barrel-per-day Texas City, Texas, refinery will halt production
during equipment repair starting Friday.
"The Ultraformer (No.) 4 will discontinue production and
repair process equipment," BP added in a filing with the Texas
Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
A company spokesperson declined to provide additional
details about the work. The filing did not specify the nature
of the repairs but noted that associated emissions were seen
lasting through April 3.
"That's the expected window for flaring," said a source
familiar with refinery operations, noting that the work entails
unplanned work on the unit.
"It's a repair not a planned turnaround," the source said.
The capacity of the unit -- one of two ultraformers at the
refinery -- was not immediately available but BP publishes that
it has a gross reforming capacity of 138,000 bpd at Texas City.
"Unit procedures dictate the use of the fuel gas system
when venting and purging any process equipment. When this isn't
possible, the gases are routed to flare," added the TCEQ
(Reporting by Haitham Haddadin; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)