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DALLAS – Independent refiner and marketer Alon USA Energy Inc. restarted its 24,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU) yesterday at its refinery in Big Spring, Texas. The FCCU was damaged in a fire on Feb. 18, and is operating at planned rates, enabling the refinery to return to its 70,000 bpd operating capacity, the company stated.
"I am extremely proud of the performance of my colleagues at the Big Spring Refinery in returning this major unit to operations so professionally and quickly," Jeff Morris, president and CEO of Alon, said in a statement. "We are grateful for the support of our insurers who have already advanced us $250 million and the Big Spring community and for the work of our contractors, vendors and suppliers."
Morris went on to thank the company’s majority owner, Alon Israel, its board of directors and Executive Chairman David Wiessman.
"We have all been heartened by this concrete example of support by our employees, our leadership, our majority investor and our banks," he added. "We intend to demonstrate that their support is well placed."