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.
A hydrocracker at ExxonMobil's 152,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Torrance, Calif., is in restart mode after being taken offline on Nov. 3, for repairs, according to traders and marketers doing business with the company. ExxonMobil wouldn't comment on the restart.
An unplanned emission event took place the morning of Nov. 9, at the 250,000 barrel-a-day Motiva refinery in St. Charles, La, due to blocked valves, according to the U.S. National Response Center. It wasn't known which unit was affected.
An unplanned flaring event and unspecified unit shut down took place on Nov. 9, at Tesoro Corp's 165,000 barrel-a-day Martinez, Calif., refinery due to a vapor leak, according to a local government filing. No product shortages were evident, according to Tesoro spokeswoman Tina Barbee.
A refining unit was upset on Nov. 8 at the 362,000 barrel-a-day Wood River, Illinois, refinery owned and operated by Phillips66/Cenovus, according to a local government agency. It wasn't known which unit was affected.
An unplanned flaring event took place on Nov. 8 and 9 at the Air Products hydrogen plant in Carson, Calif., according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. It was the second unplanned event at the facility during the week.
A coker has been restarted at Tesoro's 166,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Martinez, Calif., according to a Oct 31, filing with the Contra Costa County Health Department Hazardous Materials Department. The unit had been down since Oct. 21, according to traders doing business with the company, but calls to Tesoro weren't returned.
Phillips 66 (PSX) on Nov. 7 said planned flaring would take place at its 140,000 barrel-a-day Carson, Calif., refinery between Nov. 10-23. The flaring isn't associated with equipment breakdown, the filing to government regulators said.
Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) said on Nov. 7 it plans to restart a flexicoker unit, shut since Sept. 11 to repair a heat exchanger, at its Baytown, Texas, refinery in a few weeks. An exact restart timing isn't yet available. The company originally said the maintenance would take several weeks to be completed.
Valero Energy (VLO) on Nov. 7 said a restart estimate for the return to service of an FCCU its 293,000 barrel-a-day Port Arthur, Texas, wasn't yet available. The unit shut unplanned following a pump fire on Nov. 3.
CVR Energy (CVI) on Nov. 7 said turnaround work at its Wynnewood, Okla., refinery has been extended by five to 10 days to 50-55 days, from Sept 29 when a blast occurred. One worker died in that explosion.
Hess Corp. on Nov. 6 said a restart estimate for the restart of its 70,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Port Reading, N.J., isn't available. Damage assessment can't be completed until full commercial power is restored; partial power was restored earlier in the week. The plant was shut in advance of Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29.
Alon USA Energy (ALJ) on Nov. 6 said it is suspending operations at its California refineries because of low demand for the asphalt produced there and the high cost of West Coast crudes. The company awaits permits to bring in lighter crude varieties from the mid-continent region and to build infrastructure, which should be done by the fourth quarter of 2013.
Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) on Nov. 6 said it had restarted its newly expanded 120,000-barrel-a-day refinery in Detroit, finishing a project to increase greatly the amount of Canadian crude oil the refinery processes. Most all other units had also been brought back online and are producing finished products.
Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) on Nov. 6 said flaring on Nov. 5 reported to government regulators by its Joliet Refinery in Channahon, Ill., was caused by equipment malfunction. No other details were provided.
Motiva (RDSA, RDSB) on Nov. 6 said its 325,000 barrels-a-day refinery expansion project is on track for "early next year" completion. The refinery's new CDU unit was idled for repairs mere days after being commissioned in May and is still undergoing repairs.
PBF Energy on Nov. 5 said emissions took place at its 180,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Paulsboro, NJ, according to state regulators. The event was caused by the malfunction of an analyzer.
BP PLC (BP BP.LN) on Nov. 4 said an ultracracker was taken out of service its 475,000 barrel-a-day Texas City, Tx., refinery on the back of a malfunction that caused an emissions release, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Valero Energy (VLO) on Nov. 4 said a flaring event took place at its 160,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Houston, Texas, due to ongoing planned maintenance at an FCCU, a filing to the Texas Commmission on Environmental Quality said.
Alon USA Energy (ALJ) on Nov. 2 said work on a crude unit boiler and a fluid catalytic cracking unit at its 69,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Big Spring, Texas, created an emissions event on Nov. 2 a filing government regulators said.. It wasn't known when the work would be completed.
Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES, CG) on Nov. 2 said its 330,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Philadelphia was operating normally though at modestly reduced throughputs due to delayed seaborne crude shipments.
PBF Energy Inc. on Nov. 2 said its East Coast refineries in Delaware and New Jersey are operating at normal rates after having been reduced ahead of Hurricane Sandy as a precaution.
BP Plc. (BP.LN) said Oct. 31 that it is about to start a major project at its refinery in Whiting, Ind. that will temporarily halve output at the 405,000 barrel-a-day plant. The largest of three crude units will be shut for replacement. The work will conclude in the second-half of 2013, as previously announced.
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Operator Refinery Capacity Description Restart
Hess Port Reading 70.0 Restart estimate not available
N.J. until full restoration of commer-
power, the co. said on Nov. 6.
It was shut down Oct. 29 in ad-
vance of Hurricane Sandy.
Phila- Philadelphia 330.0 Refinery operating at slightly
delphia PA reduced rate because of delays
Energy in waterborne crude shipments
in the wake of Hurricane Sandy,
the co. said on Nov. 2.
Phillips Linden, NJ 238.0 Refinery restart will take 2-3 Nov 19-26
66 wks more, the co. said on Nov. 5.
It was shuttered on Oct. 29 ahead
of Hurricane Sandy.
PBF Paulsboro 180.0 Back at normal rates the co. said
NJ/ Dela- on Nov. 1. Throughput rates were
ware City DE 190.0 reduced ahead of Hurricane Sandy.
Monroe Trainer 185.0 Operated at normal rate throughout
Energy PA Hurricane Sandy. Not affected by
storm, the co. said on Oct. 31.
Alon Big Spring, TX 69.0 Crude unit boiler and FCCU mainte-
nance results in flaring on Nov. 2,
a TCEQ filing said. No estimate on
the completion of the work.
BP Texas City 400.8 Ultracracker restarted Nov. 6 Nov.6
TX after shutting unplanned on Nov.
Citgo Corpus 133.0
Lake Charles 427.8 Leak in ultra low sulfur diesel
LA unit caused flaring Oct. 22. Unit
was being secured for repairs,
according to filing.
Exxon Baytown, TX 584.0 Flexicoker shut Sep 11 for leak
Mobil repair seen restarting in a few
wks, the co. said on Nov. 7. Exact
restart date not available.
Motiva Convent, LA 235.0 Impact assessment continues after
brief fire at CDU on Oct 1. No
other process units affected, the
Motiva Port Arthur 600.0 Newly commissioned CDU restart on 1Q 2013
track for early 2013, the co. said
on Nov. 6. The 325k-b/d unit was
shut for extensive repair owing
to corrosion issues in May.
Phillips Westlake, LA 239.4
CVR Wynnewood, 70.0 Turnaround work extended by 5-10
Energy OK days to 50-55 after Sep 29 boiler.
explosion. No other process units
or area of the plant was affected
by the blast.
Exxon Channahon 238.6 Equipment malfunction on Nov. 5
IL resulted in flaring, the co. said
on Nov. 6. No further details pro-
Citgo Lemont, IL 167.0
Chevron Richmond, 245.0 CDU No. 4 will remain shuttered 1Q 2013
CA through 4Q 2012. It was shut due
to a fire on Aug. 6. Most other
process units continue to operate,
although gasoline production was
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reduced by an unspecified amount,
a Sep 12 DJ report said. The CDU
will restart during 1Q 2013, the
co. said on Oct. 9, 2012.
Exxon Torrance, 155.0 Hydrocracker back in service after
Mobil CA on Nov. 12 after being taken out of
on Nov. 3.
Phillips Carson, CA 140.0
Phillips Rodeo 80.0
Philips Wilmington 139.0
Tesoro Martinez 166.0
Husky Saskatchewan Major turnaround to take place Spring
Refinery in spring of 2013. Plant-wide 2013
shutdown is planned for inspection
and equipment repairs.
Valero Aruba Refinery will be converted to a
terminal while the co. continues
to seek a buyer, the co. said on
Sep 4, 2012.
Sunoco Marcus Hook 190.0 Plant shuttered in Dec. 2011 due
to poor refining economics will
be reopened to process Marcellus
shale the co. said on Nov. 8.
Citgo Corpus 165.0
Exxon Chalmette, 192.5 Planned turnaround ongoing at
LA unspecified units a co. spokes-
man said on Oct. 26.
Phillips Borger, TX 146.0 FCCU 40 shut Sep 24 for just Oct 29
66 over one month of maintenance; &
FCCU 29 will shut Oct 21 for Nov 20
one month, a TCEQ filing said.
Company said Oct. 31 that normal
operations should resume in November.
Valero Corpus Christi 200.0 FCC will be shut for six weeks of January, 2013
turnaround maintenance starting
in January, the company said
Oct. 30, 2012.
Valero Houston, TX 160.0 FCCU shut for eight weeks of Nov 20
turnaround maintenance, the co.
said on Sept. 21, 2012.
Valero Sunray TX 170.0 FCCU, No. 2 sulfur recovery Oct. 24
McKee unit, No. 1 reformer taken
offline for maintenance on
Oct. 15, 2012.
Four weeks of work on the crude March, 2013
unit to begin in March, 2013, the
co. said on Oct. 30.
Valero Norco, LA 185.0 Hydrocracker project will 2013
finish in first quarter of 2013
and commence operating in the
second quarter, company said
on Oct. 10, 2012.
Upgrade project to build 2012
a new diesel hydrotreater
unit moved from 2010 to
Valero Port Arthur 325.0 Hydrocracker project will pro- Late
TX ceed and be completed in late 2012
Valero Texas City, 225.0 FCCU maintenance for 8 weeks March
TX will begin in January 2013 2013
co. said on Oct. 30, 2012.
BP Whiting, IN 336.0 Largest of 3 CDUs will soon shut 2nd Half
for replacement the co. said on 2013
Oct. 31 as part of major expan-
sion project. Completion on track
for 2nd-half 2013.
CVR Wynnewood 54.0 Turnaround work extended by 5-10
Energy OK days to 50-55 days the co. said
on Nov. 7. Work resumed Sep 30
after Sep 29 boiler explosion.
No other units affected by blast.
The work got under way in Q3 2012.
Holly Tulsa, OK 125.0 The entire refinery will be shut Late
Frontier while West Plant section under- 2012
goes major turnaround maintenance
in late 2012, the Co. said on
Aug. 5, 2011.
Holly El Dorado 139.0 Coker unit undergoing maintenance
Frontier KS until further notice, traders said
on Sep 14. No significant impact
to production is expected.
Husky Lima, OH 160.0 30-day maintenance will begin Sept
Energy in Sept. the Co. said on July 24. 2012
Scope of work not disclosed.
15-day maintenance planned at 4Q
diesel hydrotreater; 29-days at 2012
aromatics unit, set for 4Q 2012,
the Co. said on Feb 9, 2012.
New 20,000-b/d kerosene hydro- 1stH
treater will start up in 1st 2013
half 2013, to co. said on Feb 9,
45-days of major turnaround
scheduled in 2014; 70% of units
involved. Remaining 30% will under
go major turnaround in 2015, the
co. said on Feb 9, 2012.
Marathon Detroit, MI 120.0 Project to expand Canadian crude
processing completed; refinery re-
started, the co. said on Nov. 6.
Phillips Roxana, IL 305.0 Distilling unit shutdown caused Nov.
flaring on Oct. 23. The co. said 2012
during Oct. 31 earnings call that
normal operations should resume
Phillips Carson, CA 140.0 Planned flaring to take place
66 Nov. 10-13; not associated with
equipment breakdown, a Nov. 7
filing to regulators said.
Phillips Rodeo, CA 80.0
Shell Martinez 157.0 Coking unit restarted, the co.
CA said on Nov. 1 after two months
Tesoro Martinez 166.0 Coking unit restarted, the co.
CA said on Oct. 31 after three weeks
Tesoro Anacortes, WA 120.0 Unspecified units shut for main-
tenance on Oct. 12, including
a boiler. No restart date given.
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