April 9, 2011 at 11:39 am #2310
Refinery Status: Valero Port Arthur Crude Unit -2-
Published April 08, 2011 | Dow Jones Newswires
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. said a small fire caused the shutdown of one of the two crude distillation units at its refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, on April 7.
Alon USA Energy Inc. restarted an FCCU at its 80,000 barrel-a-year refinery in Krotz Spring, La., after a loss of steam put it offline, the company said April 6.
Exxon Mobil Corp.’s has resumed normal operations at its 500,000 barrel-a-day Baton Rouge refinery after a completed turnaround at the site’s FCCU unit, the company said April 5.
Sunoco Inc. is restarting the FCCU and crude distillation units at its Philadelphia refinery, according to government documents made public April 5. The company delayed restarting the FCCU at its refinery in Marcus Hook, Penn., according to a government agency.
Tesoro Corp. completed the restart of unspecified units at its 97,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Wilmington, Ca., on April 5 following routine maintenance, a company spokesman said.
Shell Oil Co.’s refinery in Deer Park, Texas, shut down its DU2 Unit Crude Column V-5102 after discovering a leak of light naptha on March 31, according to a government regulatory filing made public the next day.
LyondellBasell restated the FCCU at its Houston refinery, two traders said on April 1. A Lyondell spokesman did not return calls seeking comment.
BP plc.’s refinery in Texas City, Texas, is emitting hydrogen sulfide into the air because of a malfunctioning valve, the company said in a government filing made public on April 1.
Exxon Mobil Corp. said on April l it had restarted unspecified units at its refinery in Torrance, Ca., that had been shut down for unplanned maintenance in early March.
Marathon Oil Corp. said March 31 it had restarted an alkylation unit at its 72,000 barrel-a-day Texas City refinery that been shut down for repair on March 28.
Valero Energy Corp. said March 31 that the 45,000 barrel-a-day hydrocracker at its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery was shut down for repair.
Alon USA Energy Inc. said March 31 it had restarted its 50,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Paramount, Ca., after a months-long suspension of operations.
Valero Energy Corp. reported emissions at its Corpus Christi West Plant starting March 29 resulting from the restart of the plant’s units. The company said March 30 that the plant was moving to planned rates.
ConocoPhillips’s Los Angeles refinery took its coking unit down for repair, traders said on March 28. The unit is expected to restart in mid-April, traders said.
BP PLC will begin about 60 days of scheduled maintenance at Reformer No. 4 and an alkylation unit at its Whiting, Indiana, refinery and the end of March. Separately, planned maintenance at the plant’s Pipestill 12 has been delayed by three months; the work was scheduled to begin in November, a person familiar with operations at the refinery said March 25.
For more detailed information, search Dow Jones Newswires using the code N/REF.
Operator Refinery Capacity Description Restart (in 000s bbl/day)
Sunoco Marcus Hook, PA 178.0 Reformer, Crude Unit, gas plant 1st Q shut Jan. 7 for maintenance, a 2011 source said on Jan. 6. Co. said on Feb. 3 work will conclude 1st quarter 2011.
Sunoco Philadelphia, PA 335.0 FCCU shut for several weeks of unplanned work, the co. said on March 7. Fire at vacuum tower was quickly extinguished on March 7 with no injuries or off-site impact, Co. said March 8.
BP Texas City 437.0 Resumed normal operations on Mar 20 TX Mar. 20 following earlyday power surges that led to instability at several process units.
Valero Corpus Christi, TX 315.0 Operations returning to normal Mar 23 on Mar. 23 following plantwide power outage in West Plant on Mar. 22. No units were damanged. West Plant HOC shut Mar. 18 Mar 23 after restarting earlier that day from a Mar. 16 shutdown will restart in sequence with all units affected by Mar 22 power outage.
Valero Port Arthur, TX 287.0 Unplanned emissions at refinery. Mar 27 Company investigating cause.
WRB Borger, TX 146.0 Brief process upset reported at N/A Refining unspecified unit on Mar. 19.
BP Carson, CA 264.0 Hydrotreater unit shut Mar. 19 N/A rates the co. said on Mar 21. Restart estimate not available.
Valero Benicia, CA 170.0 Refinery nearing normal operating Mar 21 rates, the co. said on March 21, following hydrocracker shutdown, unplanned on March 18.
Tesoro Wilmington, CA 97.0 Flaring may occur while piping is replaced on Mar 23 at an un- specified process unit.
Shell Montreal, Quebec 130.0 The refinery will be converted into a terminal.
Hovensa St. Croix, VI 500.0 Shutting smaller, older process units on west side of plant, which will reduce crude distillation to 350,000-b/d, Co. said Jan. 26. Coker, FCCU will not be affected.
Sunoco Westville, NJ 145.0 Idling all Eagle Point refining operations indefinitely due to poor economics, co. said Oct. 6, 2009.
Valero Delaware 210.0 PBF Energy has closed Apr deal to buy plant. Petroplus 2011 said May 5 the plant would be restarted in 2Q of 2011.
Valero Paulsboro, NJ 185.0 Sale of refinery to PBF Energy Dec.17 NJ completed on Dec. 17.
Western Yorktown 64.5 The refinery closed in Sep. VA 2010 for economic reasons. Terminal operations will continue.
BP Texas City, TX 437.0 FCCU No. 1 in restart on Mar. 21 following planned maintenance underway since about Jan. 12. Work at the plant’s crude unit was included in that turn- around work, a person familiar with ops said on Jan. 25.
ConocoPhillips Belle Chase, LA 274.0 Turnaround maintenance concluded at unspecified units the co. said on March 16. Traders previously said the work that got underway on Feb. 3 involved an FCCU.
ConocoPhillips Westlake, LA 239.4 Turnaround maintenance at unspecified units completed the co. said Mar 26; work began in early Feb, the co. said previously.
ExxonMobil Baton Rouge, LA 504.5 Several weeks of work got under way on Feb 5, the company said on Feb 7. It would not comment on what unit, or units, are involved, but said the turnaround was still in progress on Mar. 22.
Exxon Chalmette 90.0 Crude throughput reduced from LA 120,000 to 90,000-b/d as redundant units and about 70 jobs were cut for economic reasons, the co. said Aug 26. Lyondell Houston, TX 270.0 FCCU unit down for turnaround Mar Basell until late March. 2011
Motiva Port Arthur 285.0 Expansion project to increase 1Q throughput capacity by 325,000 2012 b/d, to 610,000-b/d, slowed. Completion now seen 1Q 2012, from 2010.
Pasadena Pasadena, TX 56.0 FCCU, 56,000-b/d, will be taken out of service Feb. 28 for 44 days for planned work, Co. reported Jan.25.
Valero McKee TX 170.0 Expansion project announced on March 16 to increase crude oil throughput by 25,000 b/d to 195,000 b/d. Hydrocracker project to commence April 2011. Vacuum unit turnaround planned for first half of 2012, co. said.
Valero Norco, LA 250.0 Hydrocracker project will proceed and be completed in late 2013, the co. said on 7/27/10. Work planned at 90,000-b/d alky unit in March for 56 days. Upgrade project to build 2012 a new diesel hydrotreater unit moved from 2010 to 4Q 2012.
Valero Port Arthur, TX 325.0 Crude and coker work lasting 51 days ends on Mar. 24. Six coker drums will be replaced in 2011. Hydrocracker project will pro- 2012 ceed and be completed in late 2012, the co. said on 7/27/10.
Western El Paso, TX 122.0 Plant is running at full capacity to take advantage of discounted prices fortis crude supply and to make up for outages earlier this year, Co. said March 3.
Western Gallup, NM 20.8 Plant is running at full capacity to take advantage of discounted prices fortis crude supply and to make up for outages earlier this year, Co. said March 3.
BP Whiting, IN 405.0 Turnaround will start at the End-May end of March at Reformer No. 4 and alkylation unit for 60 days, a source said on Mar 25. Turnaround at Pipestill 12 delayed by 3 months; it was supposed to begin in November, a source said on Mar 25. Expansion project that will increase Canadian heavy crude processing capacity by 260,000 b/d on track for completion by mid-2010, a source said on Mar 25.
Marathon Canton, OH 78.0 Turnaround began last week and is ongoing, Co. said March 7.
CVR Coffeyville, KS 115.7 Periodic turnaround will take place in two phases beginning in Fall 2011 and completed in Spring 2012.
Valero Ardmore, OK 90.0 37 days of plantwide turnaround has been underway the co said on Mar 14.
Suncor Commerce City, CO 93.0 Planned turnaround maintenance Apr 16 Energy got underway on Mar 19/20 at 2 crude units and associated process units; to conclude in about four weeks.
Tesoro Mandan, ND 58.0 Total crude-oil processing capacity to increase by 17% to 68,000 b/d by 2nd quarter 2012, the co. said on Mar. 21.
Conoco Rodeo, CA 120.0 Planned maintenance underway, Co. said Jan. 20, but declined to say what units are involved and how long the work will last.
ExxonMobil Torrance, CA 149.5 Hyrocracker, Sat. Gas Plant and hydrogen unit shut Feb 1 for several weeks of planned turnaround maintenance. Turnaround still in progress the co. said on Mar 22.
Tesoro Wilmington, CA 97.0 Flaring may occur on Mar 26-27 while planned maintenance is per- formed at an unspecified process unit.
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