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RE: Update Dec 2011 – US Refinery Plan & Unplan Mait

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Charles Randall

<Here are some DJ unplanned updates to Dec Maint outages posted earlier – CER>

US Refinery Status: ConocoPhillips Plans Maintenance At Borger Refinery Unit

The following table lists unplanned and planned production outages at U.S. refineries as reported by Dow Jones Newswires. The information is compiled from both official and unofficial refining sources and doesn’t purport to be a comprehensive list.

ConocoPhillips COP said Dec. 14 that it will conduct maintenance until Dec. 20 on the electrostatic precipitators at its refinery in Borger, Texas, which will effect the fluid catalyst convertor unit, according to the company’s filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) experienced a brief power outage Dec. 12 at its 310, 000 barrel-a-day refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, according to a government filing.

Pasadena Refining’s Texas coker unit fire on Dec. 10 injures one man. The fire was contained and no other units at the plant were impacted, a company spokesman said.

ConocoPhillips (COP) said a process unit upset and coke drum fire occurred at its Wood River refinery in Roxana, Illinois, on Dec. 9, a filing to Illinois state environmental regulators said.

ExxonMobil Corp. (XOM) said operations had returned to normal following a relatively brief sulfur plant upset at its Beaumont, Texas, oil refinery on Dec. 10. The event was expected to have some impact on production, according to a filing to Texas state environmental regulators.

Sunoco Inc. (SUN) restarted a hydrotreating unit in the Point Breeze section of its Philadelphia refinery on Dec. 7, a filing to Philadelphia environmental regulators made public on Dec. 9 said. The unit was taken out of service on Nov. 15 according to a previous filing.

ConocoPhillips on Dec. 9 said excess opacity was released at its Sweeny, Texas, refinery; the cause of the event wasn’t specified. Conoco spokesman Rich Johnson confirmed there is planned maintenance work under way at the refinery, but didn’t comment on the specific units involved and the duration of the work.

BP PLC (BP, BP.LN) on Dec. 8 reported emissions associated with a valve malfunction at its Texas City, Texas refinery. A person familiar with operations at the plant said the event had no impact to production.

Valero Energy (VLO) on Dec. 8 reported flaring and emissions at its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery due to an issue at a wet gas compressor. The impact of the event to production wasn’t clear.

Chevron Corp. (CVX) on Dec. 7 said its oil refinery in El Segundo, Calif., had resumed normal operations after a power interruption on Dec. 1 forced the shutdown of several processing units.

Syncrude on Dec. 6 said coker unit 8-1 shut on Nov. 22 for unplanned repairs at its Alberta, Canada oil-sands project was restarted at two-thirds of rated capacity.

Delek USA Holding’s (DK) Lion Oil refinery in El Dorado, Arkansas experienced a fire at the platformer unit on Dec. 5, the company said on Dec. 7. The unit wasn’t damaged and will be restarted later on Dec. 7.

Hovensa on Dec. 6 said scheduled fourth-quarter maintenance and upgrade projects have been completed at its oil refinery in St. Croix, part of the U.S. Virgin Islands. No units were shut down completely to conduct the work, the company said in early October, noting that there would be no impact on customers.

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