December 8, 2010 at 1:47 am #2435
Refinery Status: Exxon: Planned Work Underway
Published December 07, 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 Monday that two weeks of planned maintenance got underway Saturday at an unspecified process unit at its joint-venture refinery in Chalmette, La. The work will have a slight impact on production but customer needs will be met, a spokesman said.
A process unit upset at Tesoro Corp’s. oil refinery in Anacortes, Washington, resulted in visible flaring, the company said Monday according to a local news report on KIROTV.com.
Valero Energy Corp.’s key gasoline-producing unit at its oil refinery in Memphis, Tenn., was restarted over the weekend and is ramping towards planned rates, company spokesman Bill Day said Monday.
Operations at Citgo Petroleum Corp.’s oil refinery in Lemont, Ill., weren’t affected by instrumentation issues on Sunday, a company official said.
A problem with an air compressor at ConocoPhillips’s 247,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Sweeny, Texas, on Sunday resulted in benzene emissions, the company said in a government filing made public Monday.
LyondellBasell’s oil refinery in Houston, Texas, reported a brief emissions event from a hydrodesulfirization unit related to a valve issue at a tank Saturday evening, according to a filing with state environmental regulators. The valve pressure was corrected.
Chevron Corp. Saturday reported a spill of less than three gallons of benzene owing to equipment failure at its Pascagoula, Mississippi, refinery, a filing to the U.S. National Response Center said. No further details were provided.
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Operator Refinery Capacity Description Restart (in 000s bbl/day)
Irving Saint John, New Brunswick Resid FCCU shut for unplanned work, the Co. said on 4/5 Dec. 1. Restart seen within 72 hours.
Alon Big Springs, TX 67.0 Emissions event reported Dec. 1 due to maintenance at high stage compressor at PDA unit.
Chevron Pascagoula,MS 333.0 Leak of less than 3 gals. of benzene reported owing to equipment failure on Dec. 4. No further details available. Planned FCCU maintenance advanced from January to Nov. 20/30 30 due to mechanical issues. Repairs will take 20-30 days.
Exxon Beaumont, TX 344.5 Work to repair leaking valve Mobil at coker gas plant got under- way on Nov. 29. No impact on production, the Co. said.
Lyondell Houston, TX 270.6 Co. reports emissions event Basell related to valve issue at a hydrodesulfurization unit on Dec. 4. Emissions also reported on Nov 29 due to operational upset; FCCU and wet gas scrubber stack listed as sources of the release.
Conoco Sweeny, TX 247.0 Air compressor problem resulted in benzene emissions Dec. 5, a Dec. 6 filing stated.
Exxon Joliet, IL 238.0 Production was minimally affected Mobil by process unit boiler upset on Dec. 1; all customer needs will be met, the Co. said on Dec. 2.
Marathon Robinson, IL 206.0 Trade sources say crude unit Oct 22- shut around Oct 16-17 for 25 maintenance. Restart seen by Oct. 22 or 25. Co. wouldn’t comment.
Valero Memphis, TN 180.0 FCCU, shut Nov. 29 for unplanned maintenance, was restarted over the weekend and is ramping toward planned rates, Co. said Dec. 6.
Citgo Lemont, IL 167.0 Plant ops were unaffected by instrumentation issues Dec. 5, Co. said.
Exxon Torrance, CA 149.5 A process unit was shut on Nov. 26 owing to a mechanical problem discovered during its restart after Monday’s power outage. All Nov 29 other units affected by the outage are at normal rates but one that is in restart mode, the co. said on Nov. 29. Tesoro Anacortes 120.0 A process unit upset at an unnamed WA on Dec. 6, a local station reported.
Shell Montreal 130.0 The refinery will be converted Quebec into a terminal.
Valero Aruba 235.0 Turnaround maintenance that Mid-Dec including The decision on whether units will be restarted after the turnaround ends will be made at that time.
Sunoco Westville, NJ 145.0 Idling all Eagle Point refining operations indefinitely due to poor economics, co. said Oct. 6, 2009. Valero Delaware 210.0 PBF Energy has closed Apr deal to buy plant. Petroplus 2011 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 Sept VA September 2010 for economic reasons. Terminal operations will continue.
Chevron Pascagoula, Miss. 330.0 Pre-commercial heavy oil 2010 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.
Exxon Baytown, TX 560.6 New ULSD Units commissioned, Co. said Oct 21. ULSD supply will increase by over 3 million gallons from Baytown & Baton Rouge.
Exxon Beaumont, TX 344.5 Scheduled turnaround maintenance n/a Mobil continues since Sept. 28. Units involved include hydrocracker and catalytic reformer. No restart estimate available, the co. said on Nov. 29.
Exxon Chalmette, LA 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. $250 mln project for new Spring 2010 diesel desulfurization, sulfur recovery unit to begin in Fall 2008. Construction to last 18 months. Two weeks of planned work began Dec. 4 at an unspecified procses unit, Co. said Dec. 6. It will have a slight impact on production but customer needs will be met.
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.
Valero Corpus Christi, TX 340.0 West Plant 50,000-b/d FCCU at 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, 100,000 b/d, will be 2Q revamped and work will take 2011 place atat alky unit, lasting 55 days starting in March, Co. said Oct. 26. 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, the co. said on July 27. Six coke drums will be replaced 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. 24-day turnaround to begin at 1Q 30,000-b/d hydrocracker in 2011 March 2011.
BP Toledo, OH 155.0 $400 million upgrade 2012 to start 2010. Sunoco Toledo, OH 170.0 PBF Holding Co. LLC will pur- Q1 chase the refinery for $400 2011 million.
Valero Ardmore, OK 90.0 Plant-wide turnaround planned; 2Q work will impact 1Q 2011 2011 results. It will begin in March and last 40 days, Co. said Oct. 26
Valero Benicia, CA 170.0 Scrubber installation continues; 2010 work seen concluding by year-end, the co. said on July 27. Plantwide turnaround to begin in 1Q January and will last 36 days. 2011
Tesoro Golden Eagle Martinez, CA 166.0 Major turnaround maintenance deferred to 2011 from late 2009, the co. said Feb. 3.
Tesoro Wilmington, CA 98.6 Planned flaring will occur between Dec. 5-7; the event is not associated with equipment breakdown.
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