October 7, 2011 at 9:05 pm #2108
U.S. Refinery Status: ConocoPhillips Okla
Published October 07, 2011 | Dow Jones
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.
Turnaround maintenance is under way at ConocoPhillips’ oil refinery in Ponca City, Okla., company spokesman Rich Johnson said on Oct. 6. While he was not able to provide details about the duration and specific units involved, a local news report referred to the work as ConocoPhillips’ biggest turnaround in the company’s history.
BP PLC’s oil refinery in Ferndale, Wash., on Oct. 7 was added to the list of area-refineries performing maintenance. Work started on Oct. 3. A hydrocracker, two delayed coking units, two reformer units are among several units slated for maintenance. A person familiar with operations at the refinery said catalyst regeneration will also take place.
PBF Holding Company LLC and Delaware City Refining Company LLC on Oct. 7 announced the successful restart of the Delaware City petroleum refinery, which was closed down by previous owners in 2009. Initial operations began in June 2011 and the refinery is now fully operational.
Unconfirmed reports on Oct. 5 said Sunoco Inc. began two weeks of crude unit, reformer unit and sulfur recovery unit maintenance at its Marcus Hook, Penna., refinery.
Chevron’s Bay-area refinery in Richmond, Calif., started 4-6 weeks of scheduled maintenance on unspecified units, the company said on October 4. Traders in the region said the plant’s crude unit will be worked on during the time frame.
Valero Energy on Oct. 4 said scheduled turnaround maintenance got under way in late-Sept. at its Three Rivers, Texas, refinery crude unit and FCCU. The work was originally scheduled to start in Oct.
Alon USA said on Oct. 4 that power was restored quickly following an outage on September 28 and that all process units were in operation.
Pasadena Refining Systems Inc. said on Oct. 4 the cause of a crude unit fire on Sept. 30 at its Pasadena, Texas, refinery is still under investigation and that damage assessment continues. The refinery remains off-line with no estimate on restart.
ExxonMobil Corp. on Oct. 4 reported the end of turnaround maintenance at a Baytown refinery Flexicoker unit. It is the last of several process unit to return to service after turnaround work that began in mid-July.
Planned maintenance activity at a crude unit, reformer unit and coker unit in October at Hovensa’s oil refinery on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix isn’t expected to affect the company’s ability to meet customer commitments, the company said on Oct. 3.
Tesoro Corp.’s refinery in Anacortes, Wash., began maintenance at an unspecified process unit on Oct. 1, the company said on Oct. 3. Traders doing business in the region said work involves the plant’s key gasoline-making fluid catalytic cracking unit. The work wasn’t expected to affect Tesoro’s ability to meet regional supply commitments, traders said on Oct. 3.
ExxonMobil Corp. on Oct. 3 said operations at its oil refinery in Billings, Montana, were nearing normal operations and should be at planned rates very soon. Rates were reduced on July 1 when the Silvertip crude oil pipeline leaked about 1,000 barrels of crude oil into the Yellowstone River.
Total SA is performing maintenance work for six weeks at its 232,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Port Arthur, La., that includes work on the crude distillation unit and fluid catalyst cracker, a source familiar with the refinery said Sept. 21.
Operator Refinery Capacity Description Restart (in 000s bbl/day)
Alon Big Spring, TX 67.0 Power restored quickly after Sep 28 outage; all process units in operation, the company said on Oct. 4.
Pasadena Pasadena, TX 100.0 Sep 30 crude unit fire still Refining under investigation; damage assessment continues. Refinery remains off-line, the company said on Oct. 4.
Sinclair Sinclair, WY 74.0 Refinery at reduced rates following fires at CDU on Sept. 3 and Sept. 4. Repairs and damage assessments underway. No update the company said on Oct. 6.
Exxon Billings, MT 60.0 Operations nearing normal rates after being reduced due to ruptured Silvertip pipeline on July 1, the company said on Oct. 3.
Tesoro Anacortes, 120.0 FCCU shut Oct. 1 for maintenance WA traders said on Oct. 3; no further details provided.
Hovensa St. Croix 350.0 Planned maintenance at a crude unit, reformer and coker unit in Oct. will last 2-4 weeks, company said on Oct. 3.
Conoco Trainer, PA 185.0 Crude processing halted; operations winding down, the company said on Sept. 30. The refinery will be shuttered in six months if not sold.
PBF Delaware City, DE 190.0 All refinery units operation- Oct 7 DE al, the company said on Oct. 7. Some units came on-line after major overhaul in June; the hydrocracking unit was the last unit to be restarted.
Sunoco Philadelphia, PA 335.0 Refineries up for sale on Sept. 6; process units will be shuttered in July 2012 if no buyer is found.
Sunoco Marcus Hook 190.0 Crude unit, reformer unit Oct 16 PA and sulfur recovery unit shut for 2 weeks work, traders on Oct. 3. Not confirmed.
Exxon Baytown, TX 560.6 Turnaround ends at Flexicoker Oct 4 Mobil Unit, the company said on Oct. 4. It is the last of several units to return to service from the turnaround that began mid-July.
Motiva Port Arthur, TX 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.
Total Port Arthur, TX 232.0 Several units, including crude USA unit and FCCU shut six weeks turnaround maintenance, a source familiar with the plant said on Sept. 21.
Valero Corpus Christi, TX 315.0 Crude & coker unit turnaround Oct. to start in Oct. for three 2011 weeks.
Valero McKee, TX 170.0 Vacuum unit turnaround planned for first half of 2012, company said. Expansion project announced March 2011 to increase crude oil throughput by 25,000 b/d to 195,000 b/d.
Valero Norco, LA 185.0 Hydrocracker project will pro- 2013 ceed and be completed in late 2013, the co. said on 7/27/10. Upgrade project to build 2012 a new diesel hydrotreater unit moved from 2010 to 4Q 2012.
Valero Port Arthur, TX 325.0 Hydrocracker project will proceed and be completed in late 2012.
Valero Three Rivers, TX 100.0 6 weeks of turnround work underway since late-Sep at FCCU and (est) crude unit. This work was advanced from an early-Oct start.
BP Whiting, IN 405.0 Turnaround at Pipestill 12 delayed by 3 months; it was sup- posed to begin in November, a source said on March 25.
Cenovus Roxana, IL 306.0 Coker and refinery expansion Q4 2011 (Conoco/WRB) project on track for completion 4th Q 2011, the company said on July 26.
Conoco Ponca City, OK 187.0 Turnaround maintenance under way week of Oct. 3, the co. said on Oct. 6. No details provided.
CVR Coffeyville, KS 115.7 Periodic turnaround will take place in two phases beginning in Fall 2011 and completed in Spring 2012. Husky Lima, OH 160.0 15-days of maintenance planned at Energy at aromatics unit in the fall of 2012.
Husky Toledo, OH 140.0 Minor maintenance planned in 4Q Energy 2011, the company said on July 28; no details provided.
Tesoro Mandan, ND 58.0 Total crude-oil processing capacity to increase by 17% to 68,000 2012 b/d by 2nd quarter 2012.
BP Ferndale, WA 225.0 Seasonal turnaround maintenance started Oct. 3. Hydrocracker, 2 reformers, 2 delayed coking units, listed among units involved in the turnaround. Catalyst regeneration will also take place.
Chevron Richmond, CA 240.0 4-6 weeks of planned work underway at unspecified units, the Nov 13 company said on Oct. 4. Traders said the crude unit will be worked on in this 4-6 week period.
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