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This topic contains 5 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  Charles Randall 14 years, 9 months ago.

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  • #3787


    Flint Hills Resources is scheduled to start a project to replace their coking unit at their refinery outside of St. Paul, Minnesota starting in May or June of 2008.

  • #7036

    Charles Randall

    Yes – this is about 6 month lag from where it was susposed to be but then a lot of construction and drum orders are lagging that much.  Foster Wheeler is doing the drum replacement for Flint Hills along with the drum structure & blowdown system on the No3 coker / coker island – the drums are being replaced on “End of Life” requirements but will be larger than the existing ones. This is part of the Pinebend expansion that will add ~50MBD Heavy crude capacity to plant & push it up to 330 MBD total charge – the plant is on almost a 100% diet of Canadian Bitumen crudes.
    Flint Hills also replaced the Corpus Refinery Coke drums in 2007.

  • #6911


    Project has been delayed for a third time. An October 2008 start is the current plan.

  • #6809


    Sorry, make that a fourth time. The project has now been delayed until the first quarter of 2009.

  • #6807


    If Flint Hills has delayed coker drum replacement a 4th time ….. then they officially move into same category as Pemex & Pdvsa!
    Two delays and it is still in Refinery plan / strategy mode…..but 3-4 delays and it becomes a chinese fire drill or accident waiting to happen.  Delayed replacements of critical equipment with potentials for failure only get delayed on paper ….. in real life if you keep passing a scheduled maintenance downtime it becomes an unscheduled shutdown with repair damage to go along with previous replacement and couple extra weeks as bonus!

  • #6756

    Marc Hoss

    Guest – Thank you for providing your insight…Flint Hills Resources places a very high priority on Personal and Process Safety. Feel free to contact me if you’d like to discuss our Drum Strategy with respect to these priorities.

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