HOUSTON (Reuters) - Damage to charge pumps may delay the restart of Marathon Petroleum Corp’s (MPC.N) 86,000 barrel per day (bpd) Texas City, Texas refinery, said sources familiar with plant operations.
A Marathon spokesman declined to comment.
Charge pumps are used on crude oil distillation units to push through crude at the rate needed for maximum production efficiency.
The Texas City refinery, which Marathon is integrating with the company’s giant Galveston Bay Refinery across the street, was shut on Tuesday as Tropical Storm Harvey lashed this coastal city with heavy rains.
Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by David Gregorio and Cynthia Osterman