July 16, 2018 / 12:38 PM / 2 months ago

Exxon Baytown refinery hydrocracker remains shut after upset: sources

HOUSTON (Reuters) - The hydrocracking unit at Exxon Mobil Corp’s 560,500 barrel per day (bpd) Baytown, Texas, refinery remains shut on Monday following a power interruption on Saturday, sources familiar with plant operations said.

FILE PHOTO: A booth of U.S. major ExxonMobil is seen at the China (Dongying) International Petrochemical Trade Exhibition in Dongying, Shandong province, China May 29, 2018. Picture taken May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Chen Aizhu/File Photo

Exxon spokeswoman Sarah Nordin said the Baytown refinery was experiencing an operational issue resulting in safety flaring.

“We are working diligently to minimize the safety flaring. There is minimal impact to production,” Nordin said. “We expect to meet our contractual commitments.”

The 25,000 bpd hydrocracker was shut after a brief power interruption at the refinery early on Saturday morning, according to a notice filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Grant McCool

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