April 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm #1886
Refinery Status: Valero Starts FCCU Work At McKee Refinery
DOW JONES NEWSWIRES – 04/05/2012
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.
Valero Energy Corp. on April 2 said previously announced planned turnaround maintenance on a key gasoline-making fluid catalytic cracking unit at it’s oil refinery in McKee, Texas, got under way over the weekend. The work is expected to take about five weeks to complete.
Planned flaring scheduled for April 3-6 at BP’s Carson, Calif., refinery is the result of scheduled maintenance, a person familiar with the plant said on April 2.
BP PLC on March 30 said an Ultracracker unit at its oil refinery in Texas City, Texas, began the process of restarting, a filing to Texas environmental regulators said. It isn’t clear when the unit was taken out of service.
Sunoco Inc. reported the start up of a hydrotreater unit and a compressor malfunction at another hydrotreater unit at its Philadelphia refining complex to Philadelphia environmental regulators, a filing made public on March 30 said.
A fluid catalytic cracker main air blower instrument failed on Mar. 27, at ExxonMobil’s 345,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Beaumont, Tx. The co. expects some impact to production, according to the Texas Commission On Environmental Quality.
A Mar. 25 fire at ExxonMobil’s 60,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Billings, Montana refinery was extinguished in a couple of hours and no injuries were associated with the incident. Production wasn’t significantly affected, the co. said.
For more detailed information, search Dow Jones Newswires using the code N/ REF. Operator Refinery Capacity Description Restart
(in 000 bbl/day)
Sunoco Philadelphia 335.0 Hydrotreater 865 restarted on
PA Mar 23; hydrotreater 859 had
compressor problem on Mar 28.
BP Texas City 406.5 Ultracracker unit in restart on
TX March 30; unclear when it was
Pasadena Pasadena TX 100.0 Coker unit damanged by Dec 10 N/A
Refining fire. Fire contained; no other
units affected, the co. said
on Dec. 12. On Jan 27, the co.
said there was no change since
the Dec. 12 statement; no re-
Exxon Channahon 240.0 Gas compressor unit shut at
Mobil IL catalytic hydrodesulfuriza-
tion unit on Mar 12. No other
BP Ferndale, 230.0 Refinery idled after Feb. 17 End
WA fire at crude unit. Repairs
expected to go on through April.
Husky Saskatchewan 21-days maintenance set in 1stH
Upgrader first half 2012 at hydrogen 2012
plant, the co. said on Feb 9.
Husky Saskatchewan Major turnaround to take place Spring
Refinery in spring of 2013. Plant-wide 2013
shutdown for inspection and
HOVENSA St. Croix 350.0 Refinery shutdown completed, the Feb 21
co. said on Feb. 21. The facility 2012
will be operated as a products
Valero Aruba 235.0 Operations will be suspended at the
end of March due to economics, the co.
said on Mar 19.
Conoco Trainer, PA 185.0 Crude processing halted;
operations winding down,
on Sept. 30.
The refinery will be
shuttered in six months if
Sunoco Philadelphia 335.0 Refineries up for sale on July
Marcus Hook 190.0 Sept. 6; Marcus Hook shut 2012
Dec. 1 ahead of schedule
due to poor refining econo-
mics. Phila. to shut in July.
BP Texas City 406.6 FCCU and Alkylation unit routine
TX maintenance that began earlier in
Jan continues, a person familiar
with the refinery said on Feb 8.
Restart estimate not available.
Conoco Belle Chasse 247.0 Refinery up for sale a
Phillips LA Nov. 29 Bloomberg News
Exxon Baytown 560.6 Two months turnaround work got Feb
Mobil TX under way on Feb. 1 at an alky- 24
lation unit and FCCU.
Holly Artesia, NM 100.0 Crude runs will be reduced by Early
Frontier 50% during 30 days of major turn- 2012
maintenance in early 2012, the Co.
said on Aug. 5.
Valero McKee TX 170.0 5 week FCCU turnaround began on May 5
March 31 weekend, the co. said
Vacuum unit turnaround planned in
first half of 2012, company said.
Expansion project announced
March 2011 to increase crude oil
throughput by 25,000 b/d to
Valero Meraux, LA 135.0 FCCU will be shuttered during
alkylation unit turnaround main-
tenance that began wk of Jan 2.
Work continues the co. said on 3/28.
Valero Houston,TX 88.0 Seven weeks of FCCU maintnance end-March
starting in Feb. 2012 the Co.
said on Nov. 1, 2011.
Valero Norco, LA 185.0 Co. on Jan. 31 said 10-weeks of April
planned crude/coker unit mainte– 2012
will get under way in Feb.
Hydrocracker project will pro- 2013
ceed and be completed in late
2013, the co. said on 7/27/10.
Upgrade project to build 2012
a new diesel hydrotreater
unit moved from 2010 to
Valero Port Arthur 325.0 Hydrocracker project will pro- 2012
TX ceed and be completed in late
CVR Coffeyville 115.7 Final phase of turnaround work Q1
KS will begin Feb 28 at crude unit 2012
No. 2, coker, vacuum unit No. 2,
hydrotreater for 4-5 weeks. First
two phases concluded in Nov 2011.
CVR Wynnewood 54.0 30-40 days maintenance planned Q3
OK in 3rd Q 2013, the co. said on 2013
Nov. 3, 2011.
Holly Tulsa, OK 125.0 The entire refinery will be shut Late
Frontier while West Plant section under- 2012
goes major turnaround maintenance
in late 2012, the Co. said on
Aug. 5, 2011.
Husky Lima, OH 160.0 15-days of maintenance at diesel 4Q
Energy hydrotreater; 29-day at aromatics 2012
unit set for 4Q 2012, the co.
on Feb 9.
New 20,000-b/d kerosene hydro- 1stH
treater will start up in 1st 2013
half 2013, to co. said on Feb 9,
45-days of major turnaround sched-
uled in 2014; 70% of units involved.
Remaining 30% will under go major
turnaround in 2015, the co. said
on Feb 9, 2012.
Husky Toledo, OH 140.0 Minor turnaround planned in mid-
Energy 2012; the partial outage will
last about 21 days, the co. said
on Feb. 9.
Tesoro Mandan, ND 58.0 Total crude-oil processing capa- 2nd Q
city to increase by 17% to 68,000 2012
b/d by 2nd quarter 2012.
Valero Memphis, TN 180.0 Five weeks of maintenance on early-April
crude unit starting in March. 2012
2012, co. said on Nov. 1, 2011.
Alon Bakersfield 14.5 Refining operations halted for
CA at least one month for econo-
mic reasons, a local news re-
port said on Jan 15.
BP Carson, CA 265.0 Planned CDU maintenance begins Mar 26
Dow Jones Newswires 04-02-121509ET
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