December 3, 2009 at 2:46 pm #2851
DOW JONES NEWSWIRES 12/03/09
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.
An ultracracker unit at BP’s (BP) Texas City, Texas, refinery will be restarted sometime this week, a person familiar with operations at the plant said Tuesday. The unit was taken out of service on Nov. 26 owing to a compressor problem.
Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) said Monday that scheduled plant-wide maintenance began over the weekend at its Paulsboro, N.J., refinery, starting with the key gasoline-making FCCU. All units will be shut over the coming weeks with the restart seen in mid-January.
Husky Energy Inc. (HUSKF, HSE.T) said Monday that its refinery in Lima, Ohio, was ramping toward normal rates after shutting down Oct. 1 for major turnaround maintenance. An isocracker unit at the plant remains shuttered due to a minor fire last week. Repairs should be completed within two weeks and crude throughput will not be affected by the unit’s shutdown.
Valero Energy Corp. Monday said the third coker unit module at its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery was returned to service over the weekend and that the unit was moving toward normal processing rates. Three modules, each containing two drums, were shuttered mid-November to repair cracks; two of the module were returned to service earlier. Operator Refinery Capacity Description Restart
(in 000s bbl/day)
BP Texas City 455.8 Ultracracker shuttered Nov By Dec 5
TX 26 owing to a compressor
failure. Unit expected to
restart by Dec 5.
Valero Port Arthur 310.0 Third coker unit module re– Nov. 28/29
TX started Nov 28/29. Three modules
were shut Nov 18 to repair cracks.
Husky Lima, OH 160.0 Minor fire damages isocracker Dec. 14
on Nov. 21. Repairs to be com-
pleted within two weeks from
Valero Aruba 235.0 The refinery that was shut
in June for 2-3 months for
economic reasons is being
Sunoco Westville, NJ 145.0 Idling all refining Mid-Nov
operations indefinitely due
to poor economics, Co. said
Oct. 6. It will take 4-6
weeks to work through crude
stocks to shut down.
Reformer unit shut in Girard n/a
Point section in early Oct
for economic reasons. Shutdown
to last 1-6 months.
Valero Delaware City 210.0 Plant to be permanently shut due
DE to poor economics, announced
Nov. 20. Delaware Official said
it would be shut on Nov. 22.
Valero Paulsboro 185.0 Plant-wide scheduled maintenance mid-Jan.
NJ began Nov. 28/29 starting at the
Western Yorktown 64.5 Planned work scheduled 1Q 2010.
Frontier Kansas 130.0 Extended FCCU work by several
days will reduce charge
rates to 76,000 bbls/day from
Husky Lima, OH 160.0 Plant restarting following Nov. 20
planned maintenance; at
120,000 b/d on Nov. 30.
Western Bloomfield, 16.8 Co. announced plans Nov. 9
NM to idle plant and shift
production to Gallup plant.
Tesoro Salt Lake City, 58.0 Planned turnaround in 2010;
Utah no timetable disclosed.
Tesoro Mandan, N.D. 58.0 Planned turnaround in 2010;
no timetable disclosed.
Alon Krotz Springs 80.0 Plantwide turnaround starts Nov. Dec.
LA. in Nov.
Chevron Pascagoula, 330.0 Pre-commercial heavy oil 2010
Miss. conversion project delayed
from 2008 to 2010 due to
Exxon Baytown 572.5 FCCU No. 3 shut Sep 15 for Nov 24
TX planned maintenance. Re-
started on Nov. 24.
Flint Corpus 288.1 $250 mln project for new Spr
Hills Christi, TX diesel desulfurization, 2010
sulfur recovery unit to begin
in Fall 2008. Construction
to last 18 months.
Marathon Garyville 245.0 Project to increase crude oil 4Q
LA refining capacity by 180,000- 2009
b/d 85% complete, as of end
April. New units expected
start up in 4Q 2009. Entire
refinery reaches full capacity 2Q’10
Motiva Port Arthur 285.0 Expansion project to increase 1Q
TX throughput capacity by 325,000 2012
b/d, to 610,000-b/d, slowed.
Completion now seen 1Q
2012, from 2010.
Valero Corpus 340.0 Coker unit shutdown for econo- n/a
Christi, TX mic reasons and planned work;
delayed to June 19 from June
12. The 20,000-b/d unit will
remain off line through July
but could restart at any time
if margins improve.
20,000-b/d FCCU in East n/a
Plant shut; West Plant
50,000-b/d FCCU at reduced
rates since mid-Dec for
15,000-b/d HCU in East Plant
set for 18 days of work in Jan.
36,000-b/d HCU in West Plant
sent for 18 days of work in Feb.
Restarting West Plant Tank 67
after maintenance, Nov. 12-13.
Valero Norco, LA 250.0 Upgrade project to build 2012
a new diesel hydrotreater
unit moved from 2010 to
Turnaround at crude/ coker unit 1Q
set for 36 days in Jan.
to be shut for work.
The coker will operate at
50% of capacity when
restarted due to poor
Valero Port Arthur 325.0 77,000-b/d FCCU at reduced n/a
TX rates since mid-Dec for
45,000 b/d HCU to undergo Spring
38 days of work in March.
Valero Sunray, TX 170.0 55,000-b/d FCCU at reduced n/a
rates since mid-Dec for
Western El Paso, TX 29.5 Planned work at south side of
plant, including crude unit
and FCCU in Jan for 20 days.
Tesoro Golden Eagle 166.0 40 days of work, including FCCU, Feb.
alky starting Jan. 8
Tesoro Oahu, HI 94.0 Planned turnaround in 2010;
no timetable disclosed.
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