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  • #3821

    Charles Randall
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    Valero’s Aruba plant closed after tower fire
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    Web Posted: 01/25/2008   
    [size=-1]San Antonio Express-News

    All units at Valero Energy Corp.’s Aruba refinery were shut after a fire broke out, spokesman Bill Day said Friday in an e-mailed statement. One Valero employee was treated for heat exhaustion, but no workers were injured.
    The fire occurred at a vacuum tower and was extinguished in about 90 minutes. The vacuum tower handles extra processing for crude units.
    The cause of the fire remains under investigation, and it’s uncertain how long the units will be down, Day said.
    Valero’s Aruba plant last had a problem on Jan. 8, when its power supply was cut off. Before that, the plant was down for 19 days after an Oct. 5 power failure.

  • #7081

    Anonymous

    [quote]ORIGINAL: Charlie Randall


    Valero’s Aruba plant closed after tower fire
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    Web Posted: 01/25/2008   
    [size=-1]San Antonio Express-News

    All units at Valero Energy Corp.’s Aruba refinery were shut after a fire broke out, spokesman Bill Day said Friday in an e-mailed statement. One Valero employee was treated for heat exhaustion, but no workers were injured.
    The fire occurred at a vacuum tower and was extinguished in about 90 minutes. The vacuum tower handles extra processing for crude units.
    The cause of the fire remains under investigation, and it’s uncertain how long the units will be down, Day said.
    Valero’s Aruba plant last had a problem on Jan. 8, when its power supply was cut off. Before that, the plant was down for 19 days after an Oct. 5 power failure.
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  • #7075

    Charles Randall
    Participant

    I am not sure what your reply is – doesn’t make a lot sense to just repost the same news item?
     
    Here is latest Bloomberg news update on Aruba – going be up 2 weeks but only partial , not back full until 30 days:

    Valero’s Aruba Refinery to Resume Partial Operations in 2 Weeks
    2008-01-29 12:00 (New York)
    By Jordan Burke
         Jan. 29 (Bloomberg) — Valero Energy Corp., the largest
    U.S. refiner, said it will resume partial operation at its Aruba
    refinery in two weeks
    , after a fire caused it to shut down on
    Jan. 25.
         Valero will take three months to restore full operation at
    the plant,
    Michael Ciskowski, the company’s chief financial
    officer, said on a conference call with investors and analysts
    today.
         The Aruba refinery has a crude processing capacity of
    275,000 barrels a day and produces mostly intermediate
    feedstocks and blendstocks. Valero has 17 refineries in the
    U.S., Canada and Caribbean. The island of Aruba is about 20
    miles northeast of Venezuela.

    –Editor: Bill Banker, Dan Stets

    To contact the reporter on this story:
    Jordan Burke in New York at +1-212-617-6106 or
    jburke29@bloomberg.net.

  • #7041

    Charles Randall
    Participant

    Here is news update as of 2/14/08 (bottom) and it looks like refinery saw its shadow so it will be down for 2 more months!
     
    Valero’s Aruba is still at reduced rates with Vac Unit down & will be that way for two more months. Means coker rates are also reduced (unless they have lot feedstock in tankage).
     
    This isn’t likely help Aruba get off Valero’s sell list or make its earnings look good for 1Q07. 
     
    These reduced/lost 3 months petcoke production for Aruba along with BP Texas City continued reduced production are likely cancel out the new additional petcoke tonnes from COP Borger new Coker’s & CHS Laurel new Coker’s additional 1Q08 petoke production. So this is shaping up to be yet another year (4th in row) where petcoke production in US/Gulf -Carib is locked in at 2004 production levels even though new additions / debottlenecking (like Aruba’s +287kmtpy, Frontier’s Cheyenne & El Dorado, and Coffeyville ) added capacity (now up by~ +3-5 million tpy since 2004) but production levels are canceled out do fires/accidents/downtimes. 
     
    You will want to keep an eye on prices when that dam breaks…..and make sure there are some storage padds available at one bulk terminals.  PDVSA’s Sincor upgrader is still having problems loading petcoke – so following chain it wont be in 1Q 08.
    Regards
    Charlie Randall
     
     
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    Aruba Refinery Works at Reduced Rates
    Wednesday February 13, 7:52 pm ET

     
    Valero’s Aruba Refinery Processes at Reduced Rates After Fire
    ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) — Processing units at Valero Energy Corp.’s refinery on this southern Caribbean island are operating at reduced rates since a key unit caught fire late last month.
    A spokesman for the San Antonio-based refiner said Wednesday that the 275,000-barrels-a-day plant on the southern tip of Aruba would process at reduced rates pending the restart of the vacuum unit damaged by the Jan. 25 fire.
    “We expect that unit back up in around two months,” spokesman Bill Day said by e-mail. He did not provide further details.
    The Aruba plant processes heavy, sour crude which is cheaper than the light, sweet variety to produce a high yield of finished distillate products and feedstock. Valero, the largest independent oil refiner in the United States, bought the Aruba plant in 2004

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