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TotalEnergies to restart Texas refinery coker on Thursday -sources

FILE PHOTO: A sign with the logo of TotalEnergies in Bouguenais

By Erwin Seba

HOUSTON (Reuters) -TotalEnergies plans to restart the coker at its 238,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) Port Arthur, Texas, refinery on Thursday, said people familiar with plant operations on Wednesday.

TotalEnergies restarted the 150,000-pd ACU-1 crude distillation unit (CDU) and 60,000-bpd vacuum distillation unit-2 (VDU-2) on Wednesday, the sources said.

A TotalEnergies spokesperson was not immediately available on Wednesday night to comment.

The shutdown of ACU-1 because of a malfunction forced the shutdowns of VDU-2 and the 60,000-bpd coker on Aug. 23, the sources said.

CDUs operate at atmospheric pressure to perform the initial breakdown of crude oil into feedstocks for all other units at the refinery.

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Vacuum distillation units break residual crude oil from the CDU at vacuum pressure, increasing the yield from a barrel of oil.

Cokers convert residual crude oil from the CDUs and VDUs into either motor fuel feedstocks or petroleum coke, which can be used as a coal substitute.

The refinery's 40,000-bpd ACU-2 CDU was also shut on Aug. 23 but for planned work as part of a two-month multi-unit overhaul that includes the 76,000-bpd gasoline-producing fluidic catalytic cracker-2, and 5,000-bpd alkylation unit, the sources said.

(Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Sandra Maler and Leslie Adler)