The alkylation unit involved in a massive fire on Friday at Philadelphia Energy Solutions Incs oil refinery has been completely destroyed, which will hamper the supply of gasoline from the U.S. East Coasts largest refinery, sources familiar with the matter said on Sunday. Excess & Surplus Lines
The destruction of the unit, coupled with damage from the fire that ripped through the 335,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) refining complex, could force the 200,000 bpd Girard Point section of the two-section complex to remain shut for an extended period.
Major units in the Point Breeze section of the plant were also shut down due to unrelated repairs, sources said.
Even when the Girard Point section restarts, it will run at reduced rates due to the loss of the alkylation unit, two sources told Reuters on Sunday.