July 4, 2010 at 11:04 pm #2593
Refinery Status: Exxon Calif. Plant Normal After Brief Flaring
DOW JONES NEWSWIRES July 2, 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.
An unplanned flaring event at ExxonMobil’s (XOM) Torrance, California, refinery had no impact on operations. The event was caused by the unplanned slowdown at an unspecified process unit earlier in the day, a company representative said.
BP Products North America (BP) Tuesday said operations at its Texas City, Texas, refinery were normal following a brief compressor upset at an unspecified process unit, a filing to Texas state regulators said.
ConocoPhillips (COP) Monday reported an upset at Unit 40, an FCCU, at its Borger, Texas, refinery. Maintenance has been underway at several units since June 5 and is expected to conclude around July 22, the company said previously. The status of the FCCU is unclear.
Also at ConocoPhillips on Monday, the company said maintenance continues at its Borger, Texas, refinery following an upset Sunday at Unit 43, a SRU solvent still, that occurred during the restart of units, a filing to Texas regulators said.
Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) said Monday a coker unit at its Corpus Christi, Texas, refinery was back at planned rates following de-coking maintenance that began on June 20.
Marathon Oil Corp. (MRO) Friday reported a brief period of flaring at its Texas City refinery during efforts to isolate a small leak in the Alkylation Unit feed bypass line. The event had no impact on operations, the company said.
For more detailed information, search Dow Jones Newswires using the code N/ REF. Operator Refinery Capacity Description Restart
BP Texas City 455.8 Operations returned to nor- n/a
Texas mal June 29 following a
brief upset at an unspecified
process unit. (TCEQ)
Lyondell Houston 268.0 CDU hit by fire on May 17 is Jun 20
TX expected to restart in four
weeks. 2nd crude unit re-
started from unplanned mainte-
nance on May 19. All other pro-
cess units have been operating
with feedstocks on hand.
Marathon Texas City 76.0 Brief period of flaring re- n/a
TX ported June 25 during efforts
to isolate small leak at Alky–
lation Unit feed bypass line.
No impact on production, the
Motiva Port Arthur 285.0 Delayed coker unit jet pump Jun 30
TX shut for 5-days of repair June
25; unit will continue to operate.
Work to conclude June 30.
Valero Sunray, TX 170.0 FCCU upset when expander coup- mid-Jul
ling on power train failed June
16. The unit could be down until
mid-July, the co. said on June 17.
BP Toledo, OH 125.5 FCCU expected to resume operations
June 17 after going offline June 15
due to a boiler failure, a person
familiar with operations.
Sinclair Casper, 20.0 Refinery running at reduced rates
Wyo. after explosion, co said. May 27
Chevron El Segundo 279.0 Isomax plant shut March 19 n/a
CA due to “small” fire. No
estimate on restart.
Conoco Ferndale, 100.0 An alkylation unit and butamer n/a
WA shut following a pump fire early
June 15, an environmental agency
said. The refinery continues to
operate, Co. said June 15.
Exxon Torrance, 149.0 Flaring event caused by un- n/a
CA planned slowdown at an unspec–
ified process unit had no im-
pact on production, co. said.
Shell Anacortes 145.0 Catalytic Reformer Unit seen at Jun 28
WA normal rates by June 30; unit
shut following brief fire on
Tesoro Wilmington 100.0 Hydrocracker Unit will restart Jun 25
CA June 25 after shutting down un-
planned on June 24, a source
said. The company reported an un-
planned equipment failure on
6/24 to state regulators.
Tesoro Anacortes 120.0 Fire at naphtha unit April 2 end Q2
WA killed seven. Plant will be shut
until Sept at least, the co. said
Valero Benicia, CA 177.0 Coker Unit shut June 19-20 for Jul 29-30
40 days of unplanned mainte-
Shell Montreal 130.0 The refinery could be converted
Quebec into a fuel terminal but Co. said
its in talks with 2 potential buyers.
Valero Aruba 235.0 Idled refinery to restart
in 90 days after completing
turnaround, Co. said June 7.
Valero continues to evaluate
options for the plant. Tax dispute
Sunoco Westville 145.0 Idling all Eagle Point refin- n/a
NJ ing operations indefinitely due
to poor economics, Co. said
Valero Delaware 210.0 PBF Investments has closed Apr 2012
deal to buy plant. Petroplus
said May 5 the plant would be
restarted in 2Q of 2011.
Valero Paulsboro 185.0 Small crude unit restarted Jun 19-20
NJ June 19-20; unit shut June 6
to facilitate maintenance at
reformer and hydrotreater.
Western Yorktown 64.5 Planned work scheduled 3Q 2010. Q3 2010
Conoco Borger, TX 146.0 Upset at Unit 40, FCCU re- Jul 22
ported to TCEQ on Jun 28.
Maintenance continues the Co.
said June 28. An upset on
June 27 at an SRU solvent
still occurred during startup
of units, a TCEQ filing said.
Maintenance activity has been
underway at several units June 5-
since Jun 5, with emissions from
units including FCC, GOHDS,
SCOT unit incinerator, SRU
incinerator and units 41, 42,
45 and 98 expected to last unit
Chevron Pascagoula 330.0 Pre-commercial heavy oil 2010
Miss. conversion project delayed
from 2008 to 2010 due to
Work is progressing on the
continuous catalytic reformer,
expected to be completed by
mid-2010, Co. said Feb. 25.
Co. is planning to put a premium
base-oil facility at plant.
Flint Corpus $250 mln project for new Spring 2010
Hills Christi, TX diesel desulfurization,
sulfur recovery unit to begin
in Fall 2008. Construction
to last 18 months.
Motiva Port Arthur 285.0 Repairs on DCU pump June 8-13.
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.
Valero Corpus 340.0 West Plant 50,000-b/d FCCU at
Christi, TX reduced rates since mid-Dec for
Coker Unit at planned rates Jun 25
after weekend restart. The
unit in Complex 7 of the East
Plant was shut for de-coking
on June 20.
Valero Norco, LA 250.0 Upgrade project to build 2012
a new diesel hydrotreater
unit moved from 2010 to
Valero Port Arthur 325.0 77,000-b/d FCCU at reduced n/a
TX rates since mid-Dec for
Valero Sunray, TX 170.0 55,000-b/d FCCU at reduced n/a
rates since mid-Dec for
Expanded crude gather system 4Q
will increase available crude 2010
supplies to refinery by 4Q.
BP Toledo, OH 155.0 $400 million upgrade 2012
to start 2010.
Valero Memphis, TN 195.0 Fire erupted at a selective
hydrogenation unit April 29;
it was quickly extinguished.
One worker in serious condi-
tion due to burns. Fire damage
was relatively minor and any
delay to related FCCU would be minimal, Co. said April 30. Entire plant is in turnaround.
Work began early March.
CVR Coffeyville 115.0 New ultra low sulfur gasoline
unit will be brought online
in 2Q, Co. said May 3.
Previous target was to have
unit up by end of 2010.
Suncor Commerce 93.0 Planned work at reformer unit Fall
City, CO deferred to Fall 2010 from Feb 2010
28 start date.
Tesoro Mandan, N.D. 60.0 Refinery will return to ser- May
vice early in May 23 week 21-22
from turnaround maitenance
that began on April 19.
Exxon Torrance, CA 150.0 Maintenance at hydrotreater and
sulfur recovery units restarted, co
said May 26.
BP Carson, CA 265.0 Planned flaring activity on
March 29-April 20 and, Co. reported
Planned flaring activity reported
for April 23-May 7, an April 22
Six days of flaring to begin on
May 4, a filing stated.
Conoco Wilmington 139.0 Scheduled maintenance activity
CA has begun, Co. said April 23. Co.
declined to provide details about
the units involved or the schedule.
Traders familiar with operations
said work includes a
Tesoro Golden Eagle 166.0 Turnaround work began in early n/a
Martinez, Dec at FCCU and alkylation
CA unit, the Co. said on Feb 3.
Restart timing unclear.
Other major turnaround mainte- 2011
nance deferred to 2011 from
late 2009, the Co. said Feb 3.
Tesoro Oahu, HI 94.0 Planned turnaround work will
Kapolei begin 3Q, 2010, the Co. said
on Feb 3.
Planned work deferred to 2011 from
late 2009, the Co. said Feb 3.
Chevron El Segundo 279 Flaring took place on May 4, a May 5
filing said. Traders said it was
related to a 75k b/d FCCU that went
down May 4 and was restarted; it is
operating at 50% of capacity.
Frontier Cheyenne 47.0 Fall 2010 FCCU, hydrotreater
WY turnarounds delayed by a year, Co.
said May 6. FCC delay will limit
heavy crude processing ability to
2/3 of capacity.
(END) Dow Jones Newswires
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