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U.S. Gulf refiners rumble back to life, piece by piece

Reuters  |  HOUSTON 

By Erwin Seba and David GaffenHOUSTON (Reuters) - U.S. refineries are restarting after Hurricane Harvey forced them to shut down two weeks ago, raising the risk of fires and explosions that could prolong fuel supply disruption as plants simultaneously reheat units and reactivate catalysts.Restarts are one of the most dangerous times for refinery workers, so operators keep shutdowns to a minimum. Plants typically shut only a few units for overhaul in spring and fall, with most refinery units remaining in operation for 4-6 years between full maintenance shutdowns.Harvey sparked several ...

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First Published: Tue, September 12 2017. 10:35 IST