Chevron: Refinery fully functional by early 2013


November 2, 2012 4:09:39 PM PDT
Chevron's Richmond oil refinery should be fully functional again by early 2013 after repairs to the crude oil unit devastated by a massive fire in August are completed, a company spokesman said Friday.

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.