(Reuters) -PBF Vitality shut down the cat cracker and alkylation items at its 180,000 barrel per day Paulsboro, New Jersey, refinery on Tuesday as a part of its East Coast reconfiguration venture that may see most fuel-producing items shut on the plant, in keeping with a supply conversant in the matter.
The corporate introduced in October that Paulsboro will now solely produce partially refined feedstocks that might be despatched to PBF’s close by Delaware Metropolis, Delaware, refinery because of poor refining economics.
Solely the smaller of the refinery’s two crude distillation items (CDUs) goes to stay working. That crude unit will bear upkeep sooner or later in January, in keeping with the supply.
Gasoline refining cracks, or margins, have been weak for the reason that starting of the pandemic as refiners battle to ramp up operations with jet gasoline demand at almost 50% of prior 12 months ranges.
This has led to a number of refineries throughout the U.S. idling or completely closing.
Additionally on Tuesday, Royal Dutch Shell Plc shut the massive crude unit at its 211,146 barrel-per-day (bpd) Convent, Louisiana, refinery on Tuesday as a part of the everlasting closure of the refinery.
Reporting by Laura SanicolaEditing by Chris Reese and Bernadette Baum