Valero Sunray refinery pushing back gasoline unit overhaul due to Harvey

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Valero Energy Corp is pushing back the planned overhaul, perhaps to next year, of the gasoline unit at its Sunray, Texas, refinery because of logistical bottlenecks from by Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston 572 miles (920 kilometers) away, said sources familiar with plant operations.

Prior to Harvey raking the Texas coast, Valero had been planning to shut the 55,000-barrel-per-day (bpd), gasoline-producing fluidic catalytic cracking unit in late September at the 168,000-bpd refinery in Sunray, which is north of Amarillo, Texas.

Many contractors scheduled to work on the overhaul are based in the Houston area and may not be able to travel to the Texas panhandle between Oklahoma and New Mexico later this month or may be in higher demand at plants along the Gulf Coast, the sources said.

Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Sandra Maler