September 11, 2009 at 12:26 am #3007
US Refinery Status: Valero To Shut Delaware Coker, Gasifier
DOW JONES NEWSWIRES Sept 10, 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.
Most recently, Valero Energy (VLO) said Tuesday that it is shutting down the coker unit and the gasifier complex at its Delaware City, Del., refinery until market conditions improve.
And Frontier Oil (FTO) said Tuesday that a reformer unit at its Eldorado, Kansas, refinery was back at planned rates after restarting on Thursday; the unit was shut on August 27 due to a fire.
Tesoro Corp. (TSO) Friday said the coker unit at its Martinez, Calif., refinery is back at planned rates after several weeks of scheduled maintenance.
BP PLC (BP) Friday shut down an utlracracker unit at its Texas City, Texas refinery. On Wednesday, the same plant took an aromatics recovery unit at offline.
For more detailed information, search Dow Jones Newswires using the code N/ REF. Operator Refinery Capacity Description Restart
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
Sunoco Philadelphia, 340.0 Alkylation unit restarted
Girard Point Sept 2 after shut for
unplanned repairs Aug 31
due to a hydrocarbon
release from a valve.
Citgo Corpus 163.0 FCCU shut due to July 19 n/a
Christi, TX Alkylation Unit fire. No
restart estimate. A worker
was injured during the event.
Shut down hydrotreater Aug 15
Cut feeds to FCCU Aug 18
Marathon Texas City 76.0 Alky unit restarted on Aug. Aug 28
28 after shutting down on
Aug. 27 owing to an alky-
late leak that injured one
Total Port Arthur 232.0 Condensate splitter shut
again Aug 22 after Aug 17
Process unit 838 was
partially restarted Aug 22
after the loss of a
hydrogen compressor reduced
output Aug 17
Valero Port Arthur, 310.0 45,000-b/d Hydrocracker Aug. 31
unit in restart Aug 31;
unit shut for unplanned
maintenance the previous
Frontier El Dorado 130.0 Reformer back at planned Sep. 3
Kansas rates Sept 4; unit shut by
fire on on Aug. 27..
ExxonMobil Torrance, CA 149.5 Restarting an unidentified
refinery process unit Aug 26
that was shut down Aug 25.
Valero Benicia, CA 144.0 Coker unit in restart, the Aug. 31
Co. said Aug. 31; the unit
stopped processing crude due
to repairs to the scrubber
Valero Aruba 235.0 The refinery that was shut
in June for 2-3 months for
economic reasons is being
Sunoco Philadelphia, 340.0 Reformer unit shut in Girard n/a
PA Point section in early Oct
for economic reasons. Shutdown
to last 1-6 months.
One-month work on FCCU unit
planned for 3Q.
Valero Delaware City 210.0 Coker Unit and Gasifier complex
DE shutting down indefinitely for
economic reasons, the Co. said on
Maintenance at 80,000-b/d
FCCU delayed until 2010 from
Western Yorktown 64.5 Planned work scheduled 1Q 2010.
Chevron Pascagoula, 330.0 Pre-commercial heavy oil 2010
Miss. conversion project delayed
from 2008 to 2010 due to
Exxon Baytown, TX 567.0 FCCU No. 3 boiler shut n/a
for planned work July 10;
the work will have no impact
on the company’s ability to
BP Texas City, TX 455.8 Ultracracker shut for Sept 4 n/a
planned turnaround Sept 4;
expect restart Sept 11.
Aromatics recover Unit Sept?;
Expected to restart later
in the month.
Valero Norco, LA 185.0 The coker will operate at
50% of capacity when
restarted due to poor
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.
Estimated restart of a Aug 21
CCR/NHT unit and a
hydrocracker unit at the
West Plant section
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.
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
Valero Port Arthur 325.0 77,000-b/d FCCU at reduced n/a
TX rates since mid-Dec for
Valero Norco, LA Turnaround at coker unit 1Q
delayed until 1Q 2010
from 4Q 2009.
Valero Sunray, TX 170.0 55,000-b/d FCCU at reduced n/a
rates since mid-Dec for
Valero Three Rivers 95.0 24,000-b/d FCCU at reduced n/a
TX rates since mid-Dec for
Plant-wide 24-day turnaround Sep
to begin in Sep, co last said
on July 28.
Western El Paso 122.0 Planned work scheduled for 1Q 2010.MID-WEST
Frontier El Dorado 130.0 FCCU and hydrotreater will be Nov
KS shut in Oct for turnaround
maintenance that takes place
every four years.
A coker turnaround and expan- Mid-
sion project was delayed until Aug.
mid-July, and subsequently
delayed until August.
Marathon Detroit, MI 102.0 Co pushes back finish date Late 2012.
for heavy oil project.
Sunoco Toledo, OH 160.0 Planned work to last from
early Aug to mid-Sep.
Valero Memphis, TN 195.0 FCCU upgrade originally slated 2012
for completion in 2009 has been
shifted to 2012.
Alon Krotz Springs 80.0 Plantwide turnaround starts Jan. 21/22
La. Jan 1 to last 21 days.
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
PetroStar Valdez, AK 48.0 Refinery shut due to Dec. Jun/Jul
28 fire; expected to re- 2010
start in June/July 2010.
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.
Shell Martinez 155.0 Crude Unit and Coker Unit Aug 15
CA to shut for planned main-
tenance on July 10; re-
start seen Aug 15.
Tesoro Wilmington, 97.0 39-days of turnaround main-
CA tenance is planned for
Valero Benicia, CA 144.0 Hydrocracker restarted Aug 8
over Aug 8-9 weekend;
shut for planned repairs
on Aug 3.
New crude unit is now scheduled
to start up Jan 2010.
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