August 18, 2009 at 2:09 pm #3025
<FYI – Here is Dow’s latest (Aug 2009) US/Canada Refinery Turnaround list which answers some questions on coker project updates (although it is not a complete list as Dow points out)- CER Comments>:
US Refinery Status: Total Restarts Unit At Port Arthur
August 17, 2009 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.
Most recently, Total SA (TOT) has restarted a condensate splitter at its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, according to a filing with environmental regulators. Last week, Total suffered a power outage at the chemical plant at the refinery.
Citgo Corp. has shut down a hydrotreater at its Corpus Christi, Texas refinery over the weekend, according to a filing with state environmental regulators.
ConocoPhillips (COP) reported a process upset at its Borger, Texas, refinery Sunday night, according to a filing with state environmental regulators.
Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) said Friday that its Ardmore, Okla., refinery has returned to planned rates after its main process units went down in early July. A July 4 power outage and fire shut down the crude and fluid catalytic cracking units at the refinery. Valero also restarted a hydrocracker unit at its Benicia, California, refinery following planned repairs that began on Aug. 3.
Exxon Mobil Corb. (XOM) said Aug. 10 that its Joliet, Illinois, refinery is running normally after repairs were made to the alkylation unit that leaked propane and sent two workers to the hospital on Aug. 6.
Flint Hill Resources notified environmental regulators over the weekend that it would be restarting its hydrocracker at its Corpus Christi, Texas refinery. Last month, Flint Hill notified the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that the naptha hydrotreater, a hydrocracker and cyclic catalytic reformer will be shut as early as July 29; the work may also necessitate the shutdown a gas oil hydrotreater.
Sunoco Inc. (SUN) plans to start maintenance at its Toledo, Ohio, refinery this month, the company said Thursday. The work will last until mid-September. The company will also take down its FCCU for one month this quarter at its Philadelphia refinery.
For more detailed information, search Dow Jones Newswires using the code N/ REF. Operator Refinery Capacity Description Restart
Conoco Linden, NJ 238.0 Officials consider run cuts n/a
due to slack demand, a per-
son familiar with operations
said on July 17.
Valero Memphis 180.0 FCCU taken down for repair, co. n/a
said Aug. 6th
BP Texas City, 467.0 Resid Hydro-Treating Unit Jul 24
TX following four-year shutdown.
The unit was shut by an explo-
sion in July, 2005.
Citgo Corpus 163.0 FCCU shut due to July 19 n/a
Christi, TX Alkylation Unit fire. No
restart estimate. A worker
was injured during the event.
Shut down hydrotreater Aug. 15
Conoco Belle Chasse 247.0 FCCU shut unplanned on July Jul
12/13; repairs expected to 19-23
take 7 to 10 days.
Conoco Borger 146.0 Refinery has process upset Aug. 16
Exxon Baytown 572.5 Power surge upsets refinery
Aug. 6, units being brought up.
Exxon Beaumont 344.0 A hydrocracker shut July 30. n/a
Flint Corpus 288.0 Naphtha hydrotreater, hydro- n/a
cracker, cyclic catalytic
reformer to shut as early as
July 29 to fix a fluid heat
Total Port Arthur 232.0 Restarted condensate spiltter Aug. 17
Valero Norco, LA 185.0 Crude, restarted after June
9 fire, co. said Aug. 3. Coker
restarted Aug. 5, co. said. The
units were shut on June 9 owing
to a “minor” fire.
The coker will operate at 50%
of capacity when restarted due
to poor economics, the co. said
on July 28.
Exxon Joliet, IL 238.6 Refinery at normal rates Aug 10
following repairs at alky-
lation unit. The unit
leaked propane on Aug. 6
sending two workers to the
Valero Ardmore 87.4 July 4 Hydrotreater fire n/a
shuts entire plant. No
restart estimate, the Co.
said on July 27.
Alon Paramount, 53.0 Naphtha hydrotreater Early
CA shut April 23 due to an July
explosion will take 10
weeks to restart, the
co. said on May 7. The
refinery has been at re-
duced rates since Apr. 23.
PetroStar Valdez, AK 48.0 Refinery shut due to Dec. Jun/Jul
28 fire; expected to re- 2010
start in June/July 2010.
Tesoro Martinez 166.0 Hydrocracker back to Aug 3
Valero Aruba 235.0 The refinery is being shut Sep/Oct
for economic reasons. All
units to be down by July
17. Restart will be re-
evaluated in two to three
Sunoco Philadelphia, 340.0 Reformer unit shut in Girard n/a
PA Point section in early Oct.
for economic reasons. Shutdown
to last one to six months.
One-month work on FCCU unit
planned for 3Q
Valero Delaware 210.0 Maintenance at 80,000-b/d
FCCU delayed until 2010 from
September 2009, the co. said
on July 27.
Western Yorktown 64.5 Planned work scheduled 1Q 2010
Chevron Pascagoula, 330.0 Pre-commercial heavy oil 2010
Miss. conversion project delayed
from 2008 to 2010 due to
Exxon Baytown, TX 567.0 FCCU No. 3 boiler shut n/a
for planned work July 10;
the work will have no impact
on the company’s ability to
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, the co. said
on Apr. 30. New units expected
start up in 4th-quarter, 2009.
Motiva Port Arthur 285.0 Expansion project to increase 1st-Q
TX throughput capacity by 325,000 2012
b/d, to 610,000-b/d, slowed.
Completion now seen in 1st-
quarter 2012, from 2010.
Total Port Arthur Work to replace blower and Aug 5
motor controls at Unit 819,
a sulfur recovery unit starts
July 26 for 10 days.
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, the Co.
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
Valero Norco, LA 250.0 Upgrade project to build 2012
a new diesel hydrotreater
unit moved from 2010 to
4th-quarter 2012, the Co.
said on Jan. 27.
Valero Port Arthur 325.0 77,000-b/d FCCU at reduced n/a
TX rates since mid-Dec. for
Valero Norco, LA Turnaround at coker unit 1/Q
delayed until the first 2010
quarter of 2010 from fourth
quarter 2009, the Co. said
on Apr. 28.
Valero Sunray, TX 170.0 55,000-b/d FCCU at reduced n/a
rates since mid-Dec. for
Valero Three Rivers 95.0 24,000-b/d FCCU at reduced n/a
TX rates since mid-Dec. for
Plant-wide 24-day turnaround Sep
to begin in Sept., the Co.
said on Apr. 28 and again on
WEstern El Paso 122.0 Planned work scheduled for 1Q
Frontier El Dorado 130.0 FCCU and hydrotreater will be Nov
KS shut in Oct. for turnaround
maintenance that takes place
every four years.
A coker turnaround and expan- Mid-
sion project was delayed until Aug.
Mid-July, and subsequently
delayed until August.
Marathon Detroit, MI 102.0 Co. pushes back finish date Late 2012.
for heavy oil project.
Sunoco Toledo, OH 160.0 Planned work to last from
early Aug. to mid-Sept.
Valero Memphis, TN 195.0 FCCU upgrade originally slated 2012
for completion in 2009 has been
shifted to 2012, the Co. said
on Jan. 27.
Conoco Billings, 61.0 On Mar. 5 the Co. delayed for Jan.
MT one year an expansion project 2010
which will increase capacity
to 71,000 bbls. Construction of
a new crude unit is now scheduled
to begin in January 2010.
Frontier Cheyenne 52.0 The refinery is operating at n/a
WY reduced rates for economic
Alon Paramount 55.0 Hydrocracker project post-
CA poned indefinitely, the Co.
said on Feb. 4
Alon Krotz Springs 80.0 Plantwide turnaround starts Jan. 21/22
La. Jan. 1 last 21 days.
Chevron Richmond, 243.0 Hydrocracking Unit and re- Jun 27
CA former shut May 28 for 30-
days planned maintenance.
Conoco Rodeo, CA 120.0 New hydrocracker unit will Q3 2009
start up in Q3 2009, the
co. said on July 29.
Judge halts construction on
expansion project July 1.
Flint North Pole 210.0 One of three processing n/a
Hills AK units has been shut due
to low jet fuel demand,
the co. confirmed on Mar.
Shell Martinez 155.0 Crude Unit and Coker Unit Aug. 15
CA to shut for planned main-
tenance on July 10; re-
start seen Aug. 15.
Tesoro Wilmington, 97.0 39-days of turnaround main-
CA tenance is planned for
Valero Benicia, 144.0 Hydrocracker restarted Aug. 8
over Aug. 8-9 weekend;
shut for planned repairs
on Aug. 3.
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