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  • #3809

    Charles Randall

    Valero Says Texas Refinery Coker Work Is in Beginning Stages
    2008-02-04 12:17 (New York)

    By Robert Tuttle
         Feb. 4 (Bloomberg) — Valero Energy Corp., the largest U.S.
    refiner, said maintenance on a coker unit at its Port Arthur,
    Texas, refinery is in the beginning stages.
         Bill Day, a Valero spokesman, commented on the refinery
    repairs in an e-mail.
         The maintenance was planned to start in January or February
    and take 25 days
    , Day said earlier. Coker units take the
    heaviest components of oil and convert them into lighter
    elements for making fuel.
         The refinery flared, or burned chemicals into the air, over
    the weekend. The flaring, which was related to the gasoline-
    producing fluid catalytic cracker, had “no impact on
    production,” Day said.

    –Editor: Bill Banker, Joe Link

    To contact the reporter on this story:
    Robert Tuttle in New York at +1-212-617-3465 or

  • #7068

    Charles Randall

    Update on Valero Pt Arthur T/A & Maintenance work – Coker Unit work has begun.
    Pt Arthur had fire in 4Q07 on HDS unit and was down for 2-4 weeks.
    Valero Pt Arthur also has a refinery & coker expansion in EPC stages so there is some potential for tie-ins or prelim work to be looked at during the coker downtime.

  • #7030

    Charles Randall

    <Please disregard story on Valero Pt Arthur  – wire services pulled it back for some reason?>
    As consolation prize here are some web sites to take a look at pictures of Valero (Previous Clark/Premcor) Pt Arthur refinery replacing its 6 coke drums (circa 2000?) on one of its coking systems (another unit is operating): 
    The above left photo is from the Feb08 HPI Construction.   Now HP does not say whose coker it is and although the below websites say it is the “HOOP project at Beaumont” they are wrong & it is actually shots of the  Valero-Port Arthur drum replacement. <another check is that Beaumont has 2 coking units each 4 drums,while Valero PA’s new coking unit is 6 drum system and has 2 other 4 drum systems – one idled when new 6 drum monster started up).
    They got the picture from these webpages – nice shots but little “pricey”:

    FYI – I collect shots of existing cokers, replacements & expansions so please send any that you may have – I already have about 45 cokers in US & another 35 worldwide, but some are distant pictures – so send email first (unless its +2006 or recent construction shot like this Valero PA). I already have picture of CHS Laurel coker 2007
    Charlie Randall

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