June 8, 2010 at 2:15 pm #2631
Refinery Status: Conoco Begins Maintenance At Borger, TX, Plant
DOW JONES NEWSWIRES June 7, 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.
Several units at ConocoPhillips’s (COP) refinery in Borger, Texas, will undergo maintenance June 5 through July 22, including the fluid catalytic cracker, a key gasoline-making unit, a regulatory filing said. The plant reported flaring related to
Exxon Mobil Corp.’s (XOM) refinery in Baytown, Texas, experienced a compressor snag at a deasphalting unit Saturday, but the incident did not impact supplies, according to a filing with state environmental regulators.
Flint Hills Resources LP’s refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, reported a leaking cooling tower at its West Plant over the weekend, a regulatory filing said.
Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) said maintenance would soon begin at its Aruba refinery, which the company has been trying to sell and shuttered last year for economic reasons. The company added it aims to restart the refinery later this year, unless economic conditions deteriorate. The refinerywide maintenance, called a “turnaround,” will commence in the next few weeks. That effort is expected to last 90 days.
Tesoro Corp. (TSO) completed a plant-wide turnaround at its Mandan, North Dakota, refinery early last week and returned production to normal levels, a company spokesman said Thursday.
A key-gasoline making unit at Citgo’s Corpus Christi, Texas, refinery tripped Wednesday night after a heavy rain storm, the company reported in a filing to environmental regulators. The company reduced the rates at a fluid catalytic cracker at the East plant of the 163,000 barrel-a-day refinery, according to the report. For more detailed information, search Dow Jones Newswires using the code N/REF.
Operator Refinery Capacity Description Restart
BP Texas City 455.8 Brief power outaged May 25
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.
Exxon Chalmette 192.0 Minor upset June 1. June 2
Exxon Baytown, TX 572.0 Deasphalting unit was shut
after J1 compressor went
offline June 5; no impact
Shell Deer Park 310.0 Early day fire on May 17 May 21
results in feed rate cut to
FCCU; unit is expected to
resume normal rates by May
21, a person familiar with
operations at the plant said
on May 18.
Flint Corpus Chrsti 288.5 Reported leaking cooling tower
Hills TX at West Plant June 5.
Conoco Borger, TX 146.0 Unit 40 FCCU electrostatic
malfunctioned June 4; an
alternate was restarted.
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.
Chevron Richmond 289.0 FCCU restarted May 31.
BP Carson, CA 265.0 FCCU unit shut down for unplanned n/a early June
work, source said May 26. Unit could
be down for 10 days, traders said.
Unspecified unit shutdown on
Conoco Carson, CA 139.0 Company reports flaring due to
an exceedance in sulfur dioxide
emission. Event noted as “non-
emergency; cause unclear.
Tesoro Wilmington 100.0 Hydrocracker Unit Shut April 11 n/a
CA due to a mechanical issue. No
estimate on restart.
Tesoro Anacortes 120.0 Fire at naphtha unit April 2 end Q2
WA killed seven.
All production operations to
temporarily shut down later this
month until repairs are done and
investigations progress, company said
April 12. Supply will be met from
other companies’ refineries or from
spot market. Plant was processing
70,000 b/d if crude after blast.
Plant will be shut through 2Q,
Co. said April 30.
Exxon Torrance, CA 150.0 Hydrocracker – 20,500 b/d – was
getting ready to be restarted,
flaring to take place on May 6-10,
Co. said May 5. Unit was shut
April 28 after a compressor
went offline. Impact unclear.
Exxon puts out fire at remote
part of plant on May 31.
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 Valero says buyers still interested in
plant. Tax dispute resolved. Work to begin
soon on plant for possible restart.
Sunoco Westville 145.0 Idling all Eagle Point refin- n/a
NJ ing operations indefinitely due
to poor economics, Co. said
Sunoco Marcus Hook 178.0 Key Gasoline Unit Restarted May 22
Valero Delaware 210.0 PBF Investments has closed April 2012
deal to buy plant. Petroplus
said May 5 the plant would be
restarted in 2Q of 2011.
Western Yorktown 64.5 Planned work scheduled 3Q 2010. Q3 2010
Conoco Borger, TX 146.0 Maintenance activity to take
place at several units June 5-
July 22, with emissions from
units including FCC, GOHDS,
SCOT unit incinerator, SRU
incinerator and units 41, 42,
45 and 98.
Alon Krotz 100.0 Refinery will be back in “full
Springs, La. operation” in the second half of
May, Co. said May 6. Plant has
been shut since Nov. 2009 for
BP Texas City 455.8 Planned work began at an FCC
vessel April 23.
An unidentified unit was being
restarted May 5-6, a filing said.
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 Delayed Coking Unit to restart May 12
TX Wed., May 12, following two
weeks of maintenance.
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 Plant shut; West Plant n/a
Christi, TX 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 4Q 2012.
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
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.
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