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    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
    (in 000s
    bbl/day)

    UNPLANNED

    CANADA

    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-
    mate available.

    EAST COAST

    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.

    CARIBBEAN

    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

    GULF COAST

    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.
    TX

    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
    brief shutodwn.

    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.

    MIDWEST

    ROCKY MOUNTAINS
    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.

    WEST COAST

    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.”

    PLANNED
    CANADA

    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. 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
    reasons.
    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.
    Va.

    GULF COAST

    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
    economic factors.

    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
    FCCU.

    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
    maintenance.
    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.

    Valero Three Rivers 95.0 Plant-wide 24-day turnaround Oct. 2

    WEST COAST

    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
    the turnaround.

    Dow Jones Newswires
    11-03-090845ET

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