Processing Magazine

ConocoPhillips Shuts Main Sulfur Recovery Unit

December 9, 2010

Bloomberg reports that ConocoPhillips has shut the main sulfur recovery unit at its Lake Charles refinery in Westlake, Louisiana. The unit was shut after a leak was discovered. The refinery shut a unit because hydrogen sulfide was leaking from piping, according to a filing with the National Response Center. The filing didn’t identify the unit. Sulfur recovery units capture and hold sulfur removed during desulfurization. The refinery processes mostly heavy, high-sulfur crude oil. Its main products are transportation fuels such as gasoline and jet fuel. The plant, near Lake Charles in southwestern Louisiana, has a capacity of 252,400 barrels of oil a day, according to the Energy Department.