Chevron: Refinery fully functional by early 2013

RICHMOND, Calif.

Crews are working to repair the crude oil unit, a key part of the local refinery's operations, two months after a corroded pipe exploded and sparked the large-scale blaze on Aug. 6 that has since greatly reduced Chevron's production capacity.

Chevron spokesman Derek Jansen said the company is also focused on cooperating with multiple federal and state investigations into the root cause of the fire.

The Richmond refinery, which produced an average of 257,000 gallons of oil each day in 2011, has seen a significant drop in production since the fire, Jansen said.

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