SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) ¿ Tesoro Corp. said Tuesday that it expects to resume operating its coking unit at its Wilmington refinery in the middle of this month.

The unit, located near Los Angeles, was the site of a major fire on Sept. 25. Tesoro said it will operate at full rates, which will allow the refinery to return to planned production levels.

The facility processed 100,000 barrels of crude oil a day into gasoline, jet fuel and other products. Company officials said at the time it would continue operations at reduced rates.

Tesoro shares rose 7 cents to close at $14.51 after the news was announced.

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