December 29, 2017 / 3:23 PM / a year ago

Citgo says small fire broke out on Corpus Christi refinery reformer

FILE PHOTO: People fuel their cars at a Citgo gas station in Kearny, New Jersey September 24, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A small flange fire broke out on the reformer at Citgo Petroleum Corp’s [PDVSAC.UL] 157,500 barrel-per-day (bpd) Corpus Christi, Texas, refinery on Thursday night, a company official said.

The fire began during pre-startup of the 20,000 bpd reformer, called Platformer 4, in the refinery’s East Plant, the official said. The fire was quickly extinguished. No injuries were reported.

Sources familiar with plant operations said the fire was caused by a leak and Platformer 4’s restart was halted on Thursday night.

Platformer 4 was shut on Dec. 14 for repairs following a heater tube fire. The reformer was expected to restart in early 2018.

Reformers convert low-octane refining by-products into high octane components of gasoline.

Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Susan Thomas

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