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    US Refinery Status: Conoco Bayway Undergoing Planned Work

    DOW JONES NEWSWIRES  Jan. 08, 2010 
    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.
    ConocoPhillips (COP) is performing planned maintenance at its Bayway refinery in Linden, NJ, according to a company spokesperson who declined to provide further details. The Borger, Texas, plant is scheduled to restart the FCCU, unit 40, Thursday.
    Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA) said Thursday it plans to close its 130,000- barrel-per-day refinery in the city of Montreal East, Quebec, and convert it into a fuel terminal.
    Husky Energy Inc.’s (HUSKF, HSE.T) refinery in Lima, Ohio, is returning to normal operations after the restart following a plant-wide turnaround in October was delayed by operations snags, a company spokesman said Thursday.
    BP PLC (BP) reported Thursday unplanned flaring at its Carson, Calif., refinery. It is unclear whether this is related to the shutdown of a crude unit and a coker for planned seasonal work. Operator Refinery Capacity Description Restart
    (in 000s
    bbl/day)

    UNPLANNED

    CANADA

    EAST COAST

    Sunoco Marcus Hook, 178.0 Pump failure caused FCCU to shut
    PA Dec. 21, and restart process caused
    flaring, a Pennsylvania officials said.
    A flaring event was reported on the
    Delaware side of the refinery, an
    official said Dec. 23.

    CARIBBEAN

    GULF COAST

    Exxon Baytown, TX 572.5 Booster Station 4 experienced
    a line snag
    , which had a “minimal
    impact on supplies,” co. said in
    a Dec. 30 filing.

    Plant girbotol, used to strip acid
    gases from refinery gases, caused
    flaring due to line restriction
    Jan. 5.

    Alon Big Spring 70.0 Mechanical snag at sulfur re- n/a
    TX covery unit
    No. 2 causes brief
    flaring event; impact on pro-
    duction unclear.

    BP Texas City 455.8 Vapor recovery section at Dec 21
    resid hydrotreating unit shut
    Dec. 11 for 10 days of mainte-
    nance.

    FCCU #3 restarted after snag Dec. 14
    Dec. 12

    Conoco Borger 146.0 Returned to normal operations
    Tx after partial power failure Sat.,
    Co. said Dec. 18.

    Unidentified process upset Dec. 24
    led to flaring.

    Flint Corpus 300.0 Gasoil unit will be re- Dec 10
    Hills Christi, TX started Dec. 10 after shutting
    unplanned on Dec. 9.

    Leaky component in hydrobon unit
    was isolated at the East Refinery
    on Dec. 28.

    Lyondell Houston Crude Unit, 130 b/d, restarted
    over the weekend after completing
    mechanical repairs, Co. said Dec. 28.
    It was at 50% after a leak was
    discovered in an overhead line
    Dec. 16, but was shut completely last
    week to replace pipe.

    Valero Corpus 315.0 Hydrodesulfurization unit in Dec 10
    Christi, TX Complex 1 returned to service
    Dec 10; shut Dec 8.
    Work started at SRU starts
    Dec. 17.

    Leak found in sour water line
    from the ULSD/SMR units at the
    East Plant, filing said Jan. 2.

    Valero Texas City 245.0 A small fire errupted Dec. 24
    TX at the crude unit/overhead
    fuel line at 5:30 a.m. No
    reported injuries. Co. said
    Dec. 28 that production of
    gasoline and distillates
    would be impacted during repairs;
    no estimates given. Coker unit
    that was shut
    because of this
    restarted Dec. 30.

    Explosion at boiler on Dec 4
    resulted in one fatality and
    injures two workers. Refinery
    operations not affected.

    Citgo Corpus Christi 163.0 Platformer reactor was shut after
    TX a brief fire Dec. 30. No injuries.
    Co. still assessing damages.

    MIDWEST

    Husky Lima, OH 160.0 Refinery was being returned to
    normal operations after a minor
    fire damaged isocracker Nov. 21
    ,
    Co. said Jan. 7. Plant was running
    at a reduced rate of 120,000 b/d.

    ROCKY MOUNTAINS

    Conoco Billings, MO 58.0 A fire erupted at a heavy oil tank
    Dec. 24
    and was contained with no
    injuries. Plant operated normally
    throughout, and the cause is being
    investigated, Co. said Dec. 29.

    Tesoro Salt Lake City 58.0 A small, brief fire erupted at a
    UT low-sulfur pump Jan. 4 due to a
    minor seal leak; no damages.

    WEST COAST

    BP Ferndale 225.0 Refinery operations nearing Dec 10
    WA normal rates Dec 10 after
    steam/boiler snag on Dec 11.

    BP Carson, CA 265.0 Unplanned flaring
    event Dec. 28 was caused by
    shutdown of fluid feed hydrogen
    desulfurizer, which had no impact
    on production, company said Dec. 29.

    Reported unplanned flaring on Jan. 7.

    Tesoro Wilmington 96.8 A crack in a storage tank caused
    CA 4,600 barrels of naphtha to leak
    Jan. 4. Co. said it had no impact
    on operations.

    PLANNED

    CANADA

    Shell Montreal 130.0 The refinery will be converted
    Quebec into a fuel terminal, Co. said
    Jan. 7. No timeline provided.

    CARIBBEAN

    Valero Aruba 235.0 The refinery that was shut
    in June for 2-3 months for
    economic reasons is being
    closed indefinitely.

    EAST COAST

    Sunoco Westville, NJ 145.0 Idling all refining Mid-Nov
    operations indefinitely due
    to poor economics, Co. said
    Oct. 6.

    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.

    The plant’s production units will
    be dismantled and disposed of in
    coming months, Co. said Dec. 23.

    Valero Paulsboro 185.0 Refinery will operate during Dec. 14-21
    NJ FCCU work that began on Nov.
    Nov. 28-29. The entire refinery
    was scheduled to shut during the
    work; the Co. also shortened the
    duration of the FCCU work to 2-3
    weeks from 6 on Dec. 3.

    Conoco Linden, NJ 238.0 The Bayway refinery is undergoing
    planned maintenance, Co. said Jan.7.
    No details regarding unit(s) or
    duration provided.

    Western Yorktown 64.5 Planned work scheduled 3Q 2010.
    Va.

    MIDWEST

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN

    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.

    GULF COAST

    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
    economic factors.

    Conoco Sweeny, TX 247.0 FCCU No. 3 shut 12/7 to con- Dec 17
    nect wet gas scrubber.

    Unit 3 shut to connect an Jan. 18
    emission control device (wet
    gas scrubber), which will not
    affect refining operations,
    a Jan. 4 filing stated.

    Conoco Borger 146.0 FCCU, Unit 40, scheduled for
    TX restart Jan. 7; flaring to last
    10 days.

    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
    economic reasons.

    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.

    Valero Norco, LA 250.0 Upgrade project to build 2012
    a new diesel hydrotreater
    unit moved from 2010 to
    4Q 2012.

    Turnaround at crude/ coker unit 1Q
    set for 36 days in Jan.
    Entire Plant
    to be shut for work.
    The coker will operate at
    50% of capacity when
    restarted due to poor
    economics.

    Valero Port Arthur 325.0 77,000-b/d FCCU at reduced n/a
    TX rates since mid-Dec for
    economic reasons.

    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
    economic reasons.

    Marathon Texas City 76.0 Shutting entire plant for
    TX 14-day turnaround
    starting
    Jan. 4; emissions expected
    from FCC, SRU, platformer,
    alkylation units.

    Western El Paso, TX 29.5 Planned work at south side of
    plant, including crude unit
    and FCCU in Jan for 20 days.

    WEST COAST

    BP Carson, CA 265.0 Refinery operations will n/a
    not be impacted by a
    planned flaring event
    Dec 13-16.

    A crude and a coker unit shut
    for planned seasonal work
    , source
    said Jan. 6. No details re duration
    but supporting units may be shut
    as well. Co. reported planned flaring
    for Jan. 6-15.

    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.

    Valero Wilmington, 135.0 FCCU unit operating at normal rates,
    CA Co. said Dec. 28, after turnaround
    started in November was completed.
    The crude and coker units shut for
    part of this work were restarted
    Dec. 9 and are operating normally.

    Some units restarted, in- Dec 9
    CA cluding crude and coker
    units, while turnaround work
    continues since Nov. 11 at
    the FCCU. The FCCU is seen Dec 20
    restarting around Dec 20.

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