PBF Energy's newly acquired Torrance Refinery shut down following equipment failures

Daily Breeze, July 13, 2016

Torrance Refining Co., the 155,000 bpd southern California refinery PBF Energy recently acquired from ExxonMobil, has been forced to shut down this week after a series of equipment failures struck the facility following a software update. According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, a breakdown occurred on Monday "after a software upgrade and led to successive failures of the hydrogen plant, hydrotreater, and finally resulted in a shutdown of a key part of the facility known as the fluid catalytic cracking unit.”  Workers at the plant are reportedly trying to restart the FCCU, whose primary function is converting crude oil into gasoline. The SCAQMD said it will be deploying additional air monitoring instruments to the site while operators attempt to restart the plant.

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