Total cuts Port Arthur, Texas, refinery output on SRU shutdown, sources say

By Erwin Seba

HOUSTON, Sept 14 (Reuters) - TotalEnergies SE TTEF.PA cut production at its 238,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Port Arthur, Texas, refinery because of the planned shutdown of two sulfur recovery units (SRUs) on Wednesday, said sources familiar with plant operations.

Total cut the refinery's production by about 50% to prevent releases of sulfur into the atmosphere beyond permitted levels while the two SRUs are shut for work planned to last about two weeks, the sources said.

A Total spokesperson did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

SRUs use combustion and a catalyst to recover sulfur from hydrogen sulfide produced by refining units.

(Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Mark Porter and Paul Simao)

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