Somerset Refinery Back on Line After 3-Years

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A central Kentucky refinery is back on line after a three-year-long shutdown and officials expect the facility to operate at full capacity within six months.

Continental Refining Company in Somerset started receiving crude oil about four months ago, but company officials held off on an announcement until Sunday. Owner Demetrios Haseotes told The Commonwealth Journal the refinery is operating at about 35 to 40 percent capacity right now.

Continental Refinery is one of only two refineries in the state. Marathon Petroleum Company operates the other refinery at Catlettsburg.

The refinery closed in February 2010 after a series of financial problems.

Continental Refining Company purchased the refinery a little more than a year ago. It has secured a contract with Sonoco Partners Marketing and Terminals.

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