May 17, 2009 / 7:48 PM / 9 years ago

Fire out at Citgo Lemont refinery: fire dept

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Citgo Petroleum Corp said on Sunday operations at its 167,000 barrel per day (bpd) Lemont, Illinois, refinery were unaffected by a Sunday morning fire in a conveyor belt, according to a statement.

Citgo said the conveyor belt carries petroleum coke from the refinery to nearby Oxbow Midwest Calcining LLC, a distributor of the coke, which can be a replacement for coal.

The fire occurred outside the refinery’s property, Citgo said. The conveyor belt is owned and maintained by Oxbow.

No injuries were reported in the fire, Citgo said.

Earlier a Lemont Fire Department spokesman said part of the conveyor belt fire was in the Citgo refinery.

Local media reports also placed the fire at next-door Seneca Petroleum Co, over which a portion of the conveyor belt passes as it moves petroleum coke from the coking unit.

Petroleum coke is made from the gunky unrefinable remainder of a barrel of oil.

In addition to producing petroleum coke, a coking unit returns refinable material to production units, boosting the amount of motor fuel made from a barrel of oil, especially from cheaper, high-sulfur oil.

Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Steve Orlofsky

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