PBF Energy restarts FCC, advances maintenance at Delaware

PBF Energy Inc., Parsippany, NJ, has restarted the fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) at its 190,000-b/sd refinery in Delaware City, Del., after an Aug. 21 fire at the unit resulted in its complete shutdown (OGJ Online, Aug. 21, 2015).

The FCC, as well as all remaining units at the refinery that have been running at reduced rates since the incident, are now operating at planned rates, PBF Energy said.

As a result of the unplanned outage, however, the company said it decided to bring forward previously scheduled planned maintenance work on the refinery’s sole crude unit, as well as its 43,000-b/sd catalytic reformer.

Planned maintenance activities are due to be completed by end-September, PBF Energy said.

The Delaware City refinery originally was scheduled to enter 3 weeks of planned maintenance early in the fourth quarter, Erik Young, PBF Energy’s chief financial officer, said during the company’s most recent quarterly earnings call.

As a result of the August fire and subsequent cut to production rates at Delaware City, the company said its expects throughputs at its US East Coast refineries—which includes the 180,000-b/sd Paulsboro, NJ, refinery—will average 300,000-320,000 b/d during third-quarter 2015, and with average throughputs of 320,000-340,000 b/d during the fourth quarter.

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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