October 11, 2010 at 10:42 pm #2502
Refinery Status:Exxon Joliet Hydrotreater Shut -3-
Published October 11, 2010 | 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.
Exxon Mobil Corp. said Thursday that a contractor passed away at its Chalmette, La., refinery the previous evening, but that the cause is unknown. It is not know whether this is tied to a pipe leak the plant detected Monday evening. Repairs for this line are ongoing.
Exxon’s Joliet refinery shut a diesel hydrotreater after a compressor fire Tuesday evening.
Continuing issues at refineries owned by Tesoro Corp. in Martinez, Calif., and Anacortes, Wash., caused spot West Coast gasoline prices to rise further. It is unclear when the Anacortes refinery, shut after a deadly blast in early April, will be restarted, but market sources indicated that the restart is delayed for another 10 days. Traders say there are operational issues at the Martinez plant.
Chevron Corp.’s refinery in Salt Lake City has resumed normal operations after performing unplanned work on a crude unit, a company spokesman said Wednesday.
ConocoPhillips reported flaring at its Rodeo, Calif., oil refinery because of a shutdown of a hydrogen plant operated by a third party Wednesday, according to a filing with state environmental regulators.
Flint Hills Resources LP’s refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, will shut Monday a hydrocracker located at its West Plant to perform maintenance, according to a filing with state environmental regulators. Last Friday, Flint Hills shut multiple units at the East Plant of the Corpus Christi refinery after a system malfunction. The company did not disclose which units were impacted.
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Operator Refinery Capacity Description Restart (in 000s bbl/day)
United Warren, PA 70.0 Crude throughput reduced by n/a 35% owning to Enbridge pipeline leak/closure on July 26. Sunoco Philadelphia 335.0 Hydrodesulfirization unit had PA been shut early Sept. 25 after releasing a mist of diesel that settled on 100-150 cars in an adjacent neighborhood, Co. said Sept. 27.
Hovensa St. Croix 500.0 FCCU restarted Oct. 1 after upset Sept. 30, but will operate at reduced rates for two weeks, Co. said Oct. 1.
Exxon Chalmette 192.0 A contract worker passed away at LA the plant Oct. 6, and the cause is under investigation, Co. said Oct. 7. Repairs are ongoing at a pipe leak detected Oct. 4. Co. said it is not clear if the two cases are linked. Flint Corpus 290.0 Multiple East Plant units shut Hills Christi, TX Oct. 1 on system malfunction because of steam venting at the East Plant. There was no fire, Co. said. No details about units involved or impact were available.
Motiva Port Arthur 275.0 An unidentified unit was shut TX after a flash fire Sept. 12 at a process heater, Shell said Sept. 13. No injuries or impact to community.
Chevron Pascagoula 330.0 Isomax Unit No. 2 shut Sept. MS 23 due to small, brief fire. No other units affected; no restart timing, the incident is under investigation.
Conoco Borger, TX 146.0 Unidentified process upset Oct. 5. with emissions from Area A, cat flare and Unit 50 coker. Co. declined to comment.
BP Texas 455.8 Low sulfur crude leaked from a City, TX pipeline at the plant Sept. 30 after a heavy piece of equipment hit the line.
Citgo Corpus 163.0 FCCU No. 2 and crude units at Christi, TX planned rates after being restarted last week, Co. said Oct. 4. The FCC was shut Sept. 19 due to a wet-gas compressor malfunction. The crude unit was shut from a heater leak Sept. 16 that sparked an isolated fire.
Conoco Belle Chasse 247.0 Part of a sulfur recovery n/a LA unit was shut for repairs on Sept. 6. No restart esti- mate.
Murphy Meraux, LA 125.0 Transformer was repaired and operations returned to normal, Co. said Sept. 29. A unit failure caused an electrical outage late Sept. 28.
Valero Norco, LA 250.0 Pinhole acid leak in a pipe did not impact production, Co. said Oct. 1.
Pasadena Pasadena, TX 100.0 FCCU shut due to failed gas n/a Refining compressor. No restart esti- mate.
Shell Deer Park 340.0 Unidentified unit taken out of n/a TX service after a fire on July 20. Refinery operations were “stabilizing” following the fire, the co. said.
Valero Port Arthur 325.0 Coker unit No. 843 operating at TX normal rates, Co. said Sept. 27, after an unexpected coker wet gas compressor snag resulted in about 45 minutes of visible flaring on Sept. 25.
Valero Corpus 315.0 Naphtha hydrotreater was shut at Christi, TX Complex 7 of the East Plant Aug. 17 to repair heat exchanger leak, Co. said Aug. 18. No material impact on production is expected.
BP Whiting, IN 405.0 White Oak pipeline transporting finished product to 2 Illinois terminals was ahead of an excavation that began Aug. 17 to find a leak., Co. said Aug. 18.
BP/Husky Toledo, OH 160.0 Crude oil throughput reduced n/a by unspecified amount owing to Enbridge’s crude oil pipeline leak/closure on July 26.
Exxon Joliet, IL 239.0 Refinery operations back to normal the co. said on Sept. 24 following the restart on Sept. 17 of Enbridge’s crude oil delivery pipeline 6A. Rates were cut when the line was shut when a leak was discovered the previous week. Low sulfur diesel catalytic hydrodesulfurization unit shut after a brief fire Oct. 5, Co. said Oct. 6. No estimates for restart.
Marathon St. Paul, MN 74.0 On-site emergency crew extinguishes fire on Sept. 1. No injuries or off-site impact. Impact on operations unclear. Frontier
El Dorado 130.0 Three sulfur-recovery units KS restarted shortly after going offline because of a storm Sept. 15, Co. said Sept. 16.
Chevron Salt Lake 45.0 Plant has resumed operations City, UT after unplanned crude unit work, Co. said Oct. 6.
Shell Martinez 156.4 Wet gas compressor shut Sept 9 n/a CA due to mechanical failure; flaring and emissions were reported to environmental regulators.
Conoco Ferndale, 100.0 An alkylation unit and butamer n/a WA shut following a pump fire early June 15, an environmental agency said. The refinery continues to operate, co. said June 15.
Conoco Rodeo, CA 120.2 Equipment malfuntion on Sept. 24 results in vapor release; impact on production unclear.
Tesoro Anacortes 120.0 Company expects to begin unit Oct. 15 WA startups Oct. 4 and the plant is to be fully operational by Oct. 15, Co. confirmed Sept. 30. Plant was shut after deadly April 2 blast.
Valero Benicia, CA 170.0 Early-day equipment failure & n/a fire on Sept. 24 results in a release of pitch. It took place at a coker’s compressor but did not have a material impact on production, Co. said Sept. 29.
Exxon Torrance, CA 149.5 Unplanned flaring activity Sept. 28 lasted two hours. No units shut and there was no impact to production, Co. said, Sept. 29.
Shell Montreal 130.0 The refinery will be converted into Quebec terminal.
Valero Aruba 235.0 Idled refinery to resume operations after completing turnaround maintenance in Sept. if it is profitable to do so, the co. said on July 27.
Sunoco Westville 145.0 Idling all Eagle Point refining operations indefinitely due to poor economics, co. said Oct. 6.
Valero Delaware 210.0 PBF Energy has closed Apr 2011 deal to buy plant. Petroplus said May 5 the plant would be restarted in 2Q of 2011.
Valero Paulsboro, NJ 185.0 Agreed to sell refinery for $360 million to PBF Energy, Co. said Sept. 27. Deal is expected to close in Q4.
Western Yorktown 64.5 The refinery will close in September 2010 for economic reasons. Terminal operations will continue. Maintenance had been planned for 3Q 2010.
BP Texas 455.8 Ultraformer No.4 restarted on City, TX Sept. 24 following maintenance and repairs; it is unclear when the unit was taken out of ser- vice. Work on FCCU No. 1’s electrostatic precipitator stack began Sept. 28. Up to 3 of the 10 cells will be removed.
Conoco Borger, TX 146.0 Two upsets at Unit 40, FCCU re- sult in brief emissions and opacity on Aug. 4. Status of unit unclear. Maintenance activity continues, the co. said on Aug 3. The work has been underway since June 5. Maintenance on Unit 50 Coker on Sept. 16-18, Co.
Chevron Pascagoula 330.0 Pre-commercial heavy oil 2010 Miss. conversion project delayed from 2008 to 2010 due to economic factors. Expansion project including the replacement of two 30-year- old reformers and construction of a 55,000 b/d continuous catalytic reformer platformer unit to be completed by late summer, Industrial Info Resources said July 6. A premium base-oil facility was also being planned, co. said in late Feb.
Conoco Sweeny, TX 247.0 Unit 27 FCCU being put on circulation for four days to repair leak starting Sept. 13. The fractionation section, wet gas compressor and flare gas recovery system will continue to operate.
Exxon Baytown, TX 560.6 Extended period of scheduled Est. maintenance at crude unit, End Oct several hydrofiners and other units starts week of Aug 22. Return to normal operations unclear, sources say work will take two months to complete.
Exxon Joliet, IL 239.0 Production impacted by outage of Enbridge Line 6A pipeline that was shut to repair a leak last week, Co. said Sept 16. Plant continues to operate on other crude supplies; no supply disruption to branded stations.
Exxon Chalmette 120.0 Crude throughput will be reduced to 90,000-b/d as redundant units and about 70 jobs are taken out of service and cut for economic reason. These have begun to take place, the co. said Aug 26.
Flint Corpus 290.0 FCCU No. 2, Sulfur Recovery Sep 24
Hills Christi, TX No. 1 to shut for maintenance on Sept. 10. Hydrocracker shut for planned work Oct. 4 with emissions expected to end Oct. 6. $250 mln project for new Spring 2010 diesel desulfurization, sulfur recovery unit to begin in Fall 2008. Construction to last 18 months.
Motiva Port Arthur 285.0 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 West Plant 50,000-b/d FCCU at Christi, TX reduced rates since mid-Dec for economic reasons.
Valero Norco, LA 250.0 Hydrocracker project will proceed and be completed in late 2013, the co. said on July 27. FCCU will be revamped during 2Q 2Q of 2011, the co. said on 2011 July 27. Upgrade project to build 2012 a new diesel hydrotreater unit moved from 2010 to 4Q 2012.
Valero Port Arthur 325.0 Hydrocracker project will pro- 2012 TX ceed and be completed in late 2012, the co. said on July 27. Six coke drums will be re-placed in 2011. 77,000-b/d FCCU at reduced n/a rates since mid-Dec for economic reasons.
Valero Sunray, TX 170.0 55,000-b/d FCCU at reduced n/a rates since mid-Dec for economic reasons. Expanded crude gather system 4Q will increase available crude 2010 supplies to refinery by 4Q.
Murphy Meraux, LA 125.0 Plant operations returned to normal after catalyst change that lasted a couple of weeks, Co. said Aug. 24. Production is at about 120,000 b/d.
Alon Big Spring 67.0 Maintenance activity related to No. 2 SCOT unit Sept. 16.
BP Toledo, OH 155.0 $400 million upgrade 2012 to start 2010.
Citgo Lemont, IL 167.0 New ultralow-sulfur diesel Sep 7 unit start up announced on Sept. 7.
CVR Coffeyville 115.0 New ultra low sulfur gasoline KS unit will be brought online in 2Q, co. said May 3. Previous target was to have unit up by end of 2010.
Husky Lima, OH 160.0 Scheduled fall turnaround main- Dec maintenance on track to begin in Oct for 40 days, the co. said on Aug 26.
Valero Ardmore, OK 90.0 Plant-wide turnaround planned; 2011 work will impact 1Q 2011 results.
Suncor Commerce 93.0 Planned work at reformer unit Fall City, CO deferred to Fall 2010 from Feb 2010 28 start date.
BP Carson, CA 265.0 Three days of planned flaring Oct 4 expected starting Sept 28. On Sept. 30, Co. reported more flaring on Sept. 30-Oct. 4. Shell Martinez 156.4 Performing repairs on flare CA system, Co. reported Oct. 4.
Conoco Wilmington 139.0 Planned flaring expected Oct. Oct. 31 CA 1-31. The event is not due to equipment breakdown. Co. previously reported planned flaring for Sept. 10-30. FCCU and alkylation units to Oct. 15 resume normal operations by Oct. 15 after completing work, a person familiar with operations said Oct. 1.
Valero Benicia 170.0 Scrubber installation continues; 2010 CA work seen concluding by year-end, the co. said on July 27.
Tesoro Golden Eagle 166.0 Major turnaround maintenance 2011 Martinez, CA deferred to 2011 from late 2009, the co. said Feb. 3. FCCU, 70k b/d, taken offline Oct. 7 for next seven days, a source familiar with the plant’s operations said Sept. 30.
Tesoro Wilmington 97.0 Flaring will start on Sept 7 Sept 11 CA for four days; the event is not due to equipment breakdown.
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