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HOUSTON Nov 24 (Reuters) - A major steam-producing unit at Total Petrochemicals 232,000 barrel per day (bpd) Port Arthur, Texas, refinery shut down on Thursday, according to a notice the refinery filed with Texas pollution regulators.
The loss of the unit triggered flaring at the refinery, according to the notice filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Steam is used to generate electrical power and for crude oil distillation in the petroleum refining process.
The report to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said coker flare No. 30 was utilized starting at around 7:38 a.m. Thursday and refinery personnel had instituted steam-shedding procedures to minimize emissions.
HOUSTON (Dow Jones)--Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) reported emissions Saturday at its refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, according to a government filing made public Sunday.
The 292,000 barrel-a-day refinery flared hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide because of a valve leak, according to Valero's filing with the National Response Center. The flaring will continue for several days, according to the filing.
A Valero spokesman was not immediately available. -By Ben Lefebvre, Dow Jones Newswires; 713-547-9201; firstname.lastname@example.org