HOUSTON, April 29 Private independent U.S.
refinery PBF Energy Partners LP's 182,000 barrel-per-day (bpd)
Delaware City, Delaware refinery could restart in the coming
weeks after a lengthy shutdown and overhaul, the company
president said on Friday.
PBF Chairman Tom O'Malley told reporters at the annual
National Petrochemical and Refiners Association meeting last
month that the refinery was scheduled to restart as soon as
Sunday or sometime in the first week of May.
On Friday PBF President Michael Gayda declined to confirm a
restart date. He told Reuters it would be a process "that can
Last year PBF bought the refinery from Valero Energy Corp
(VLO.N) for $220 million. Valero had shut it in November 2009
because it was was losing $1 million a day as demand for
gasoline collapsed in the recession.
PBF had aimed to restart the plant this spring after
finishing a nine-month overhaul that cost $125 million to $150
PBF last year also bought Valero's 160,000 bpd refinery in
Paulsboro, New Jersey for $707 million, and last month closed
on its $400 million purchase of Sunoco Inc's (SUN.N) 160,000
bpd Toledo, Ohio refinery.
(Reporting by Erwin Seba; Writing by Kristen Hays; Editing by