Total Refinery Restarts Reformer

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 @ 05:08 PM gHale

Total SA restarted the reformer at its 225,500 barrel per day (bpd) Port Arthur, Texas, refinery July 24.

Total began the restart overnight after the 35,000-bpd continuous catalytic reformer was shut due to a pump failure July 22, sources said in a published report.

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The reformer shut July 10 to repair a flange leak that caused a small, brief fire on July 7, sources told Reuters. The 42,000-bpd naphtha hydrotreater that works in tandem with the reformer shut down July 11.

The reformer converts low-octane naphtha to high octane blending components for gasoline. The hydrotreater removes sulfur from the naphtha in compliance with U.S. environmental rules.

An attempt to restart the reformer on July 16 failed when a leak was discovered in a heat exchanger. After that leak was fixed, the reformer and hydrotreater restarted on July 20.

Total spokeswoman Melyssa Rodgers declined comment.

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