October 16, 2009 at 3:00 pm #2929
US Refinery Status: Conoco’s Ponca City Refinery In Turnaroun
DOW JONES NEWSWIRES October 16, 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 list.
ConocoPhillips (COP) said Thursday that its 198,400-barrel-a-day refinery in Ponca City, Okla., is undergoing planned maintenance.
Flint Hills Resources said Thursday that it plans to shut Sat Gas Unit No. 1 at the west plant of its Corpus Christi, Texas, refinery for “needed maintenance activities.”
Operator Refinery Capacity Description Restart
Suncor Alberta One of two oil sands up- n/a
graders is operating at re-
duced rates 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, NJ 238.0 Officials consider run cuts n/a
due to slack demand, a per-
son familiar with operations
said on July 17.
BP Texas City 455.8 Aromatics Recovery Unit in A Oct 14
TX side of plante restarted on
Leak discovered Oct 10 at heat n/a
exchanger at FCCU3 which was in
propane/propylene service at
the time. Impact on production
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 No. 1 and 2 experience snag
when the regenerator temperature
dropped; lasted 18 minutes Oct. 8.
Delek Tyler, Tx 60.0 FCCU in restart Oct 14; unit taken Oct 14
taken out of service Oct 13 due to
unexpected operational changes.
Exxon Baytown 572.5 Hydrocracker Unit 1 up and running Oct 12
TX the Co. said on Oct 12. The unit was
shut on Oct 9 to facilitate compres-
sor repairs; associated units ran at
reduced rates during the repair time.
Motiva Norco 236.4 Reformer back at planned rates Oct 12
LA Oct 12 after shutting down Oct 7
for compressor repairs.
Valero Corpus 142.0 West Plant Hydrocracker unit n/a
Tx shut Oct. 7 due to small,
brief fire. No restart esti-
mate. An SMR unit was shut
for maintenance after the
fire; restart Oct. 10.
Restarting East Plant’s Tank 79
on Oct. 9.
Total Port Arthur 232.0 A fire occurred in a heavy oil n/a
TX 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.
The impact of the fire on opera-
tions is unclear.
Powerstation cogen turbine
reduced to its “lowest
firing rate” Oct. 8 due to
leaky exchanger; nitrogen
oxide steam taken out of
Chevron El Segundo 274.0 A brief period of flaring n/a
CA on Oct 14 is reported to
state regulators. Filing
lists cause as “breakdown.”
Exxon Torrance, CA 149.5 Restarted two unnamed units Oct 6
Oct. 6 that were
unexpectedly shut Oct. 3.
Tesoro Wilmington 96.8 Refinery returning to normal Oct 14
CA operations Oct 14 after power
snag upsets several process
Expects to restart coking Mid-Oct
unit at full rates mid-Oct
that was shut due to a fire
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.
Sunoco Philadelphia, 340.0 FCCU at Girard Point in re- Sep 14
PA start Sep 14 following about
five weeks of turnaround
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 delayed to Nov./Dec.
Western Yorktown 64.5 Planned work scheduled 1Q 2010.
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.
Total Port Arthur,TX 232.0 Shut unit 821 for maintenance Oct. 13
from Oct. 9-13.
Alon Krotz Springs 80.0 Plantwide turnaround starts Jan.
LA. Jan. 1 to last 21 days. 21/22
BP Texas City, TX 467.0 Ultraformer No. 4, Ultra- Early
cracker unit and Aromatics Oct.
recovery unit shut for planned
seasonal turnaround mainte-
nance starting on Sept. 2;
restart seen in 4-5 weeks.
Shut Power Station No. 4 Oct. 14
Boiler, B-430 for planned
work starting Oct. 7.
Chevron Pascagoula, 330.0 Pre-commercial heavy oil 2010
Miss. conversion project delayed
from 2008 to 2010 due to
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.
Shut Sat Gas Unit No. 1 at the
west plant for work on Oct. 15.
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
Total Port Arthur 232.0 Shut unit 805 for Oct. 8
maintenance on Oct. 5.
Shut unit 810 for work Sept.22
Unit 822 restarted Sept. 29
Restarted 837 Oct. 1
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
Valero Norco, LA 250.0 Upgrade project to build 2012
a new diesel hydrotreater
unit moved from 2010 to
Turnaround at coker unit 1Q
delayed until 1Q 2010
from 4Q 2009.
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
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
TX began Sep 9. Restart seen
around Oct. 2.
24,000-b/d FCCU at reduced n/a
rates since mid-Dec for
Western El Paso 122.0 Planned work scheduled for 1Q
Alon Big Spring 67.0 Adding a new ultra low sulfur
TX gasoline unit; no timeline when
unit will be operational
Conoco Roxana 306.0 Planned maintenance about to begin,
Ill co said Sept. 22.
Conoco Ponca City, 198.4 The refinery is undergoing a
OK planned turnaround; Co. said
Oct. 15. No details provided.
Frontier El Dorado 130.0 FCCU and hydrotreater (gofiner) Nov
KS will be shut in Oct for turn-
around maintenance that takes
place every four years. Crude
throughput cut to 58,000-b/d
Frontier Cheyenne 48.0 Refinery will process 44,250
barrels of crude oil through Oct,
Oct, up from 40,200 b/d in Sep.
Husky Lima 146.2 70% refinery goes down for Mid-Nov.
OH planned worked Oct. 1
Marathon Detroit, MI 102.0 Co pushes back finish date Late
for heavy oil project. 2012
Sunoco Toledo, OH 160.0 Planned work to last from Early Oct.
early Aug to mid-Sep. Co. said
Oct. 1 work finished.
Valero Memphis, TN 195.0 FCCU upgrade originally slated 2012
for completion in 2009 has been
shifted to 2012.
Conoco Billings, 61.0 On Mar 5 the co delayed for Jan.
MT one year an expansion project 2010
which will increase capacity
to 71,000 bbls. Construction of
a new crude unit is now scheduled
to begin in January 2010.
Frontier Cheyenne 52.0 The refinery is operating at n/a
WY reduced rates for economic
Alon Paramount 55.0 Hydrocracker project post-
CA poned indefinitely, the Co.
said on Feb. 4
Chevron Richmond, 243.0 Judge halts construction on n/a
CA expansion project July 1.
Flint North Pole 210.0 One of three processing n/a
Hills AK units has been shut due
to low jet fuel demand,
co confirmed on Mar 19.
(END) Dow Jones Newswires
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