Holly N.M. Refinery Unit Shut Down

Holly N.M. Refinery Unit Shut Down

A key unit at Holly Corp.’s New Mexico refinery is down for repairs, with gasoline production off by as much as 756,000 gallons this month.

The shutdown of the fluid catalytic cracking unit at the Navajo Refinery in Artesia, N.M., followed a shutdown due to an instrument control malfunction on May 7.

As the unit was being brought back on line after the initial shutdown, the unit experienced catalyst circulation problems that forced a second shutdown on Friday. Repairs should take about a week.

Cracking units turn unrefined crude oil into refined products such as gasoline and diesel.

For May, Holly said total gasoline production is expected to be reduced by approximately 13,000 to 18,000 barrels per day while total diesel production should be reduced by 3,000 to 5,000 barrels per day. There are 42 gallons in a barrel.

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