Outage Shuts Marathon KY Refinery

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 @ 08:08 AM gHale

A power outage hit the Marathon Petroleum Corp. refinery Monday which forced a shutdown of all processing units at the Catlettsburg, KY, facility.

“At 3:24 p.m. Sunday the refinery experienced a loss of power, resulting in an orderly shutdown of all process units,” the company said. “Emergency personnel are following protocol to restore power to the refinery and return the refinery to normal operations.”

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The Catlettsburg refinery can process 242,000 barrels a day of crude oil. It is one of Marathon’s network of seven refineries that total over 1.7 million barrels a day of crude oil throughout capacity.

In June 2014, after the refinery lost power, emergency management officials reported an air release at the Catlettsburg plant.

Marathon said the plant lost power when the storm rolled through the area.

The power at the plant did come back up, but several flares flashed. Initial start-up emissions emitted that could have exceeded normal standards, officials said.

Air monitoring teams were taking air samples and were trying to get start-up problems resolved.