November 4, 2009 at 8:29 pm #2901
US Refinery Status: Suncor’s Upgraded Returned To Normal
DOW JONES NEWSWIRES Nov. 4, 2009
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 lists.
Suncor Energy Inc. (SU, SU.T) said Monday that an upgrader damaged in an October fire has been is back to normal rates.
BP PLC (BP) reported that ultraformer #4 resumed production Sunday after a planned turnaround, according to an environmental filing.
Motiva Enterprises LLC’s Port Arthur, Texas refinery reported a snag at its fluid catayltic cracking unit over the weekend, according to an environmental filing.
Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) reported late Friday that operations of a catalytic reformer at its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery were “upset,” according to an environmental filing.
Citgo Corp. restarted an alkylation unit Thursday at its Corpus Christi, Texas, oil refinery that had been shut July 19 by a near-fatal explosion.
For more detailed information, search Dow Jones Newswires using the code N/ REF. Operator Refinery Capacity Description Restart
Suncor Alberta One of two oil sands up- n/a
graders is back to normal
rates, co said Nov. 2
following a minor fire on Oct 12.
Suncor Sarnia 85.0 Hydrocracker unit shut Oct n/a
Ontario 11 due to fire at associated
compressor; no restart esti-
Conoco Linden 238.0 Officials consider run cuts n/a
N.J. due to slack demand, a per-
son familiar with operations
said on July 17.
CPC Bayamon 48.0 Explosion, fire at facility n/a
Puerto Rico early on Oct. 23. 11 out of
30 storage tanks exploded.
Hovensa St. Croix 500.00 Shuts FCCU unit for repairs. Nov. 6
BP Texas City 455.8 SRU hit snag Oct. 26, back to normal Oct. 27
Co. restarts Ultraformer #4 Nov. 1
Citgo Corpus 163.0 Alkylation unit shut July 19 end-Oct
Christi, TX by near-fatal explosion to
return to service by end-Oct.
The restart was delayed from
early-Oct due to safety issues.
FCCU, restarted Oct. 29
Motiva Port Arthur 285.0 FCCU hits snag on Oct. 31.
Valero Corpus 142.0 Restarting West Plant Hydrocracker
unit Oct. 25 that was shut Oct. 7
due to small fire. An SMR unit was shut
for maintenance after the
fire; restart Oct. 10.
West Plant stabilizer tower shut
for maintenance Oct. 26-27.
Restarting East Plant’s Tank 79
on Oct. 9.
Valero Texas City 199.5 Experienced flaring at Complex 1
tower on Oct. 23.
Shut the FCCU Oct. 25 to repair
a slide valve; no restart estimate
Total Port Arthur 232.0 Operations being restored
TX on Oct. 22 following plant
wide power failure earlier
in the day.
A fire occurred in a heavy oil n/a
line between the crude unit and
the tank farm on Oct 13 during
the restart of several process
units that were knocked off-line
earlier that day by a power snag.
Identifying a leaky exchanger that
is causing a cooling tower Oct. 26.
Co. restarts 3 units Oct. 29, after
Chevron Pascagoula, 330.0 A blown cap as plant prepared to
MS to transfer molten sulfur to a
barge released the compound into
the water Oct. 25.
Exxon Billings, MT 60.0 Operations returned to normal
after a brief power outage hit
the area Oct. 23.
Conoco Billings, MT 58.0 A brief area power outage Oct. 23
impacted operations, local reports.
CHS Laurel, MT 55.0 Operations returned to normal
after a brief power outage Oct. 23.
Chevron El Segundo 274.0 Reported flaring at hydrocracker
CA site on Oct. 24.
A brief period of flaring n/a
on Oct 14 is reported to
state regulators. Filing
lists cause as “breakdown.”
Valero Aruba 235.0 The refinery that was shut
in June for 2-3 months for
economic reasons is being
Sunoco Westville, NJ 145.0 Idling all refining Mid-Nov
operations indefinitely due
to poor economics, Co. said
Oct. 6. It will take 4-6
weeks to work through crude
stocks to shut down.
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 Coker Unit shut Oct 3-4 and n/a
DE related gasifier unit to shut
within a few days for economic
Maintenance at 80,000-b/d
FCCU/akly delayed to Nov./Dec.
Entire plant to be shut down.
Western Yorktown 64.5 Planned work scheduled 1Q 2010.
Alon Krotz Springs 80.0 Plantwide turnaround starts Jan.
LA. Jan. 1 to last 21 days. 21/22
Chevron Pascagoula, 330.0 Pre-commercial heavy oil 2010
Miss. conversion project delayed
from 2008 to 2010 due to
Conoco Borger, TX 146.0 Unidentified units shut for
planned turnaround, Co. said
Oct. 9. No further details.
Shut amine unit for planned Oct. 24
maintenance Oct. 9-24.
Conoco Sweeny, TX 247.0 Six weeks of turnaround work Oct 30
starts Sept. 14 at Units 14,
9, 38 and 27, which is an
Tail gas incinerator shut during Nov. 1
fall turnaround Sept. 30
Exxon Baytown 572.5 FCCU No. 3 shut Sep 15. for
TX planned maintenance.
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.
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.
Shell Deer Park, 340.0 Hydroprocessing unit, cata- Oct 24
lytic cracker unit and alky-
lation shut between Oct 1 and
Oct 24 for fall turnaround
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
Turnaround at crude/ coker unit 1Q
set for 36 days in Jan.
to be shut for work.
The coker will operate at
50% of capacity when
restarted due to poor
Valero Port Arthur 325.0 77,000-b/d FCCU at reduced n/a
TX rates since mid-Dec for
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
Valero Three Rivers 95.0 Plant-wide 24-day turnaround Oct. 2
BP Carson, CA 265.0 Flaring on Oct. 26-Nov.1 is
related to planned maintenance
of its hydrotreater.
Valero Wilmington, Ca 96.86 56,000 b/d FCC/alky to be shut Dec.
in Nov. for 39 days of work.
The entire plant will be shut down during
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