March 30, 2010 at 11:16 am #2725
Conoco says completes work at Westlake refinery
Reporting by Erwin Seba
HOUSTON, March 29, 2010 (Reuters) – ConocoPhillips has completed an overhaul on units at its 239,400 barrel-per-day (bpd) Westlake, Louisiana, refinery, a spokesman said on Monday.
Conoco spokesman Bill Stephens did not specifically identify the units involved in the work.
ConocoPhillips Said to Be Preparing U.K. Refinery for Shutdown
By Nidaa Bakhsh
March 25, 2010 (Bloomberg) — ConocoPhillips is preparing to shut part of its Humber oil refinery, the U.K.’s third-largest, for maintenance, three people with knowledge of the matter said.
The maintenance, due to begin in mid-April, includes work on a fluid catalytic cracker and an associated alkylation unit and will last about six weeks, two of the people said, declining to be identified because the information is confidential. Bill Stephens, a company spokesman, declined to comment.
The shutdown may limit fuel production at a time of rising prices. It coincides with repairs at Murphy Oil Corp.’s Milford Haven facility in Wales and Ineos Group Holdings Plc’s Grangemouth refinery in Scotland. The work follows outages at Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Stanlow plant in northwest England and Chevron Corp.’s plant in Pembroke, Wales.
The Humber refinery can process 221,000 barrels of oil a day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The plant refines mainly North Sea crude, and about 75 percent of light-oil output is distributed in the U.K., with the remainder exported to western Europe and the U.S., ConocoPhillips has said.
Fluid catalytic crackers are used in gasoline production, while alkylation units make components for the motor fuel. The Humber plant is the world’s biggest producer of premium petroleum coke sold to steel companies, according to Houston- based ConocoPhillips.
U.K. gasoline prices at the pump rose to 116.09 pence a liter ($6.71 a gallon) on March 15 from 112.10 pence a month earlier, according to the Automobile Association, the country’s largest motoring group. That’s the highest price since July 2008.
Gasoline inventories in independent storage in Amsterdam- Rotterdam-Antwerp, Europe’s oil-trading hub, fell 7 percent to 915,000 metric tons in the week to March 18, consultant PJK International BV said in a survey.
ConocoPhillips is the second-largest U.S. refiner, after Valero Energy Corp.
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March 30, 2010 at 11:17 am #5700
Seems odd that COP would have back to back Turnarounds on its two Needle coke producing refineries (~estimated combined 60-70% WW production) – but they could always have built enough green needle coke to calcine thru the T/A period and those cokers, except for feedstock HDS units, are seldom tied to crude processing units.
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