Citgo Corpus Christi refinery report leak -agency

HOUSTON Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:25pm GMT

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HOUSTON Mar 23 (Reuters) - Citgo Petroleum Corp's PDVSAC.UL 163,000-barrel-per-day Corpus Christi, Texas, refinery reported a process leak that triggered an alarm in the refinery's East Plant on Friday, according to a notice filed with Corpus Christi Local Emergency Planning- Committee.

Similar notices filed earlier this month have indicated releases from the refinery's hydrofluoric acid alkylation unit, which was shut between March 6 and 12 following a March 5 release that forced nearby residents to remain indoors and has triggered investigations of process safety management at the refinery by two federal agencies.

Friday's leak lasted for 6 minutes before the all-clear was sounded, according to the Local Emergency Planning Committee. (Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Alden Bentley)

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