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.
Tesoro Corp. (TSO) on Nov. 27 said the vacuum tower project at its Los Angeles-area refinery in Wilmington, Calif., had been completed on schedule and is now fully operational. The new vacuum distillation tower will enhance the refinery's efficiency and profitability by maximizing the production of gasoline, jet and diesel fuels, Tesoro spokeswoman Tina Barbee said. It won't increase crude oil throughput.
CVR Energy (CVI) said emissions and flaring occurred at its 70,000 barrel-a-day oil refinery in Wynnewood, Okla., late Monday night owing to the restart of a process unit or units following planned turnaround maintenance that got under way on Sept. 27.
Phillips 66 (PSX) on Nov. 26 said planned maintenance work underway since Nov. 1 at its Los Angeles-area oil refinery in Wilmington, Calif., had been completed. The company wasn't able to provide any other information about the scope of the work or the current operational status of the refinery.
Shell Oil Company (RDSA, RDSB) on Nov. 26 said a release of hydrogen sulfide on Nov. 24 at its oil refinery in Martinez, Calif., necessitated reducing feed to an unspecified unit to diminish the emission. A report to the California Emergency Management Agency said a venting pressure relief valve had caused the release. The company wouldn't identify the unit or comment on the status of operations.
Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) on Nov. 26 said the planned maintenance turnaround work underway since Oct. 26 at its oil refinery in Chalmette, La., had been completed. The unit or units involved in the work weren't specified.
Phillips 66 (PSX) said Nov. 26 that a key gasoline-making fluid catalytic cracking unit, or FCCU, No. 40 at its 146,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Borger, Texas, would begin the process of restarting on Monday, according to a filing to Texas state environmental regulators. On Nov. 23, the company said the maintenance is taking longer than expected, but doesn't expect any significant impact to consumers.
BP Plc. (BP) on Nov. 23 restarted FCCU No. 1 at its refinery in Texas City, Texas, according to a government filing made public Friday. The unit was shut unplanned the week before.
National Cooperative Refinery Association, or NCRA, said Nov. 23 that a release of hydrogen sulfide occurred at its oil refinery in McPherson, Kan., for an unknown reason, a report to the National Response Center said. An investigation to determine the cause was underway, the filing said.
Citgo Corp. on Nov. 23 reported the restart of an unspecified process unit at its refinery in Lemont, Ill. The event resulted in a brief period of flaring, the company said in a report to Illinois state environmental regulators.
Phillips 66 said Nov. 17 that its 238,000 barrel-per-day Bayway Refinery in Linden, N.J., is expected to resume normal operations by the end of November. The facility was shut as a precaution ahead of Hurricane Sandy.
Phillips 66 notified California's South Coast Air Quality Management District of its plan to flare emissions at its Los Angeles-area refinery in Wilmington between Nov. 22 and Dec. 4. The report said the flaring wasn't due to equipment breakdown; no further details were provided.
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Operator Refinery Capacity Description Restart
CANADA Irving Oil 300.0 Company expects refinery to be Nov. 17
fully online within the week
following completion of annual
maintenance under way since early
Hess Port Reading 70.0 Refinery in restart mode and expected Nov. 16
N.J. to be operational by Nov. 16, following
a shutdown on Oct. 29 in ad-
vance of Hurricane Sandy.
PBF Delaware 190.0 Faulty relief valve caused emis-
Energy City, DE sions and flaring on Nov. 17, a
filing to state regulators said.
Phillips Linden, NJ 238.0 Refinery to resume normal opera- Nov 26-30
66 tions by month's end, the company
said on Nov. 17. It was shuttered
on Oct. 29 ahead of Hurricane Sandy.
BP Texas City 450.0 FCCU No. 1 restarted on Nov. Nov. 23
23 after shutting down unplan-
ned the week before - filing.
Citgo 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. No restart
Exxon Baytown, TX 584.0 Flexicoker shut Sept. 11 for Nov. 19
Mobil leak repair returned to service
on Nov. 19, the co. said.
Motiva Convent, LA 235.0 Power failure on Nov. 13 shuts
processing units, an NRC filing
Impact assessment continues after
brief fire at CDU on Oct 1. No
other process units affected, the
Motiva Norco, LA 233.5 Operational snag on Nov. 13 re-
sults in flaring.
Motiva Port Arthur 600.0 Newly commissioned CDU restart on 1Q 2013
track for early 2013, the company said
on Nov. 6. The 325,000-b/d unit was
shut for extensive repair owing
to corrosion issues in May.
Citgo Lemont, IL 167.0 Unspecified unit restarted on
Nov. 23, a filing said. No
other details provided.
CVR Wynnewood, 70.0 Turnaround completed the co.
Energy OK said on Nov. 27. The work got
underway on Sep 27 and was inter-
rupted by Sep. 29 boiler explosion.
No other units were impacted by
NCRA McPherson 85.0 Emissions reported on Nov. 23
KS from a boiler house, a filing
said. Impact to production unclear.
WRB Roxana, IL 306.0 Distilling Unit No. 2 restarted Nov 16
on Nov. 16 after Oct. 23 shutdown,
a filing to the IEMA said.
On Nov. 17 the company reported
flaring due to several unit shut
downs, including a hydrocracking
unit, a filing to the IEMA said.
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
reduced by an unspecified amount,
a Sept. 12 DJ report said. The CDU
will restart during 1Q 2013, the
company said on Oct. 9.
Exxon Torrance, 155.0 Hydrocracker back in service Nov. 12
Mobil CA on Nov. 12 after being taken out
of service on Nov. 3.
Shell Martinez 165.0 Feed rate reducted to unspecified
CA unit on Nov. 24 due to emission
of hydrogen sulfide. Co. wouldn't
comment on the status of operations.
Tesoro Martinez 165.0 Advance notice of unspecified
CA unit restart reported to gov-
ernment agency on Nov. 14.
Unspecified unit shut on Nov. 8
to repair small vapor leak -
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 company continues
to seek a buyer, the company said on
Sunoco Marcus Hook 190.0 Plant shuttered in December 2011 due
to poor refining economics will
be reopened to process Marcellus
shale the company said on Nov. 8.
Exxon Chalmette, 192.5 Planned turnaround work at un- Nov. 26
LA specified unit or units under
way since Oct. 26 had been com-
pleted, the company said Nov. 26.
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Phillips Borger, TX 146.0 FCCU 40 shut Sept. 24 for what Nov. 26
66 expected to be just over one
month of maintenance restarted
on Nov. 26 - TCEQ Filing.
FCCU No. 29 was scheduled to
shut Oct. 21 for month planned
work, a TCEQ filing said. The company
on Oct. 31 said normal operations
were expected to resume in November.
Valero Corpus Christi 200.0 FCC will be shut for six weeks of Feb/Mar
turnaround maintenance starting 2013
in January, the company said
Valero Houston, TX 160.0 FCCU restarted on Nov. 13 after Nov 13
eight weeks of planned turnaround
Valero Sunray TX 170.0 Four weeks of work on the crude March, 2013
McKee unit to begin in March 2013,
the company said 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.
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
company said on Oct. 30.
BP Whiting, IN 336.0 Largest of 3 CDUs will soon shut 2nd Half
for replacement the company said on 2013
Oct. 31 as part of major expan-
sion project. Completion on track
for second-half 2013.
CVR Wynnewood 54.0 Turnaround work extended by 5-10
Energy OK days to 50-55 days the company said
on Nov. 7. Work resumed Sept. 30
after Sept. 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 company said on
Aug. 5, 2011.
Holly El Dorado 139.0 Coker unit undergoing maintenance
Frontier KS until further notice, traders said
on Sept. 14. No significant impact
to production is expected.
Husky Lima, OH 160.0 15-day maintenance planned at 4Q
diesel hydrotreater; 29 days at 2012
aromatics unit, set for 4Q 2012,
the company said on Feb. 9.
New 20,000-b/d kerosene hydro- 1stH
treater will start up in 1st 2013
half 2013, to company 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
company said on Feb. 9.
Marathon Detroit, MI 120.0 Project to expand Canadian crude
processing completed; refinery re-
started, the company said on Nov. 6.
Phillips Roxana, IL 305.0 Distilling unit shutdown caused Nov.
flaring on Oct. 23. The company 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 Wilmington 139.0 Planned maintenance under way
66 CA since Nov. 1 completed, the company
said on Nov. 26. The unit or
units involved in the work
weren't specified. Flaring may
be visible until Dec. 4.
Tesoro Wilmington 97.0 New vacuum distillation tower
CA project completed and fully
operational the Co. said on
Valero Benicia, CA 132.0 Brief, planned maintenance at
hydrocracking unit on Nov. 16
resulted in emissions and flar-
ing but had no material impact
to production, the company said
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