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    Valero Completes Refinery Repairs

    Benicia plant up and running after July 10 fire.

    HOUSTON -- Valero Energy Corp., operator of 14 refineries in North America, said it completed repairs to a gasoline-producing unit at its Benicia refinery.

    The company restarted the unit and is now in the process of restoring the hydrocracker to normal operation rates, said spokeswoman Denise Brady. The unit, which processes heavy oil into products such as high-octane gasoline, was shut after a fire July 10.

    The hydrocracker, which can process 35,000 barrels a day, had been scheduled to restart almost six weeks ago. The refinery can process as much as 180,000 barrels a day of mostly domestic crude-oil grades from California and Alaska.

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