ExxonMobil's Torrance refinery. Image courtesy of ExxonMobil.

ExxonMobil has reportedly pushed back the ramp-up date for its Torrance refinery as it scraps plans for short term repairs in favor of longer term solutions, the LA Times said.

The Torrance refinery is currently operating at about 20 percent capacity after it was rocked by an explosion last February that injured four people.

Sources close to the matter told the LA Times that Exxon is planning to build a new pollution control system that will meet anti-pollution specifications.

Analyst Bob van der Valkt told the paper that the move would push the refinery’s return to full capacity back to February 2016.

The company had been considering using an older pollution control system while it moved forward with longer term repairs.

ExxonMobil didn’t comment on the repair plans but told the LA Times it “has been working with all agencies and will continue to work with the air quality regulators.”

The Torrance Refinery processes an average of 155,000 barrels of crude oil per day and produces 1.8 billion gallons of gasoline per year.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District told Fuel Fix last Thursday that it has not been notified about any potential changes to Exxon’s repair plans for the refinery.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health ordered ExxonMobil to pay $566,600 in fines in August for violations tied to the refinery blast .

Cal/OSHA said it issued 19 citations to Exxon Mobil Refining & Supply Company for workplace safety and health violations following an investigation into the February 18 explosion.

The refinery produces about twenty percent of the gasoline used in Southern California.

While gasoline prices have fallen to an average of $2.327 per gallon in the United States, California refinery issues have pushed the state’s average gas price to over $3 per gallon with prices in Los Angeles hitting $3.208 per gallon last week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said.


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