March 15, 2010 at 3:32 pm #2739
US Refinery Status: Valero Concludes Corpus Christi Maintenance
Mar 11 2010, 15:30, Dow Jones
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 (VLO) will restart units at three complexes in Corpus Christi, Texas, Thursday following planned maintenance that began on February 26.
Marathon Oil Corp. (MRO) said Wednesday turnaround maintenance had been concluded at its Garyville, Louisiana, refinery; the work began in January following the completion of the expansion/upgrade project.
Marathon also said Wednesday that planned turnaround maintenance got underway at its Catlettsburg, Kentucky, refinery; the scope and duration of the work were not provided.
Tesoro Corp. (TSO) said Wednesday that it’s Wilmington, California, refinery would return to normal operations following Tuesday night’s plantwide power outage.
Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) said Tuesday that the hydrocracking unit at its St. Charles refinery in Norco, Louisiana, was returned to service and ramping towards planned rates; on March 1, the FCCU was returned to service. Turnaround maintenance continues at other units at the plant, including a crude and coker unit.
Hovensa’s (HES) key gasoline-making unit at its St. Croix refinery returned to service Monday following about six weeks of planned turnaround maintenance, the company said.
Harvest Energy Trust (HTE) said Monday that its Come By Chance refinery in Newfoundland, Canada, will operate a full rates by the end of March. The company decided to idle the entire refinery in early January, after a fire at an isomax unit. That decision, fueled by poor refining economics, allowed maintenance to be advanced. Harvest is owned by the Korean National Oil Company.
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Operator Refinery Capacity Description Restart
KNOC Newfoundland 115.0 Refinery to return to normal end-March
operating rates by end-March, the
company said on March 8. The en-
tire plant was idled in early Jan.
to advance maintenance while re-
pairs were made at a hydrotreater
damaged by fire on Jan. 7.
Valero Quebec City 235.0 66,000-b/d FCCU shut by early- n/a
Quebec day fire on Feb 2. Unit to be
shut for weeks, production
impacted but no major
disruptions expected due to ample
inventories, Co. said Feb. 17.
Damage assessment was delayed
due to cold weather, ice on unit.
Suncor Edmonton 135.0 Plant returned to normal operations,
Alberta Co. said Feb. 25. Distillate production
units were shut on a disruption to
hydrogen and steam supplies from
a third-party supplier, Co. said
Sunoco Philadelphia 335.0 A pump fire broke out at the crude
Pa. unit Feb. 9. A source familiar with
operations said crude throughput was
impacted. One contract worker was
treated for smoke inhalation.
Co. still assessing damages.
Conoco Sweeny 240.0 SRU shut down for work March 4 March 9
Exxon Beaumont 344.5 Crude unit suffers minor damage n/a
TX due to a brief fire on March
6. Impact on production unclear.
Motiva Norco, La. 236.4 Crude unit, DU-5, shut by fire Early
on Jan 22 seen restarting in April
early April, the Co. said on
Holly Artesia, 100.0 A fire erupted Jan. 18 at crude early
N.M. unit; restart seen in 3 weeks. Feb
A fire Mar. 2 breaks out at
new asphalt tank. Two serious injuries
but co. said no production impact
Chevron Richmond 245.3 Unit hits snag March 2. n/a
Tesoro Wilmington 100.0 Operations returning to normal March 11
CA by March 11 following a plant-
wide power outage late on March 9.
Shell Montreal 130.0 The refinery will be converted
Quebec into a fuel terminal, Co. said
Jan. 7. No timeline provided.
Hovensa St. Croix 500.0 150,000 bbl/d FCCU returned to March 8
service March 8 following turn-
around that began on Jan. 20.
Valero Aruba 235.0 The plant, which
was shut in June for 2-3
months for economic reasons was
closed indefinitely in Nov.
Hess Port Month-long turnaround work
Reading NJ will take place in April at
the plant’s 70,000-b/d
FCCU; the refinery does not
process crude oil.
Sunoco Westville 145.0 Idling all Eagle Point refin-
NJ ing operations indefinitely due
to poor economics, Co. said
Reformer unit shut in Girard n/a
Point section in early Oct
for economic reasons. Shutdown
to last 1-6 months.
Valero Delaware 210.0 Sale contract to be signed this
City, DE month, the co. said on Mar 9.
Refinery was shut Nov. 22, 2009
due to poor economics. PBF In-
vestments is the buyer.
Western Yorktown 64.5 Planned work scheduled 3Q 2010. Q3 2010
Alon Krotz 100.0 Refinery will restart in
Springs, La. April
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 288.1 $250 mln project for new Spring
Hills Christi, TX diesel desulfurization, 2010
sulfur recovery unit to begin
in Fall 2008. Construction
to last 18 months.
Marathon Garyville 436.0 Plant ramping up to normal opera–
LA tions following maintenance that
started in January after the ex-
pansion/upgrade project was com-
BP Texas City 455.8 Hydrogen recovery unit being
TX restarted Feb. 9.
Restarted resid hydrotreating
unit, which will resule ops
of the 400 train, Feb. 11.
Conoco Borger, TX 146.0 FCCU Unit 40 to be shut Feb.26 March 7
to March 7 to repair a unit
upstream of it.
Motiva Convent, LA 235.0 Planned turnaround maintenance Early
began Jan 28 at several un- April
specified process units. Re-
start seen in early April.
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 Complex 1, 3 and 6 Units re- March 11
Christi starting March 11; maintenance
began on Feb. 26.
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
36,000-b/d HCU in West Plant March
set for 18 days of work in Mar;
delayed from Feb, the Co. said
on Jan 27.
Valero Norco, LA 250.0 Hydrocracker restarted Mar 9;
FCCU restarted Mar 1. Work
continues at other units including
crude and coker unit. Entire plant
(MORE TO FOLLOW) Dow Jones Newswires
March 11, 2010 09:30 ET (14:30 GMT)
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