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.
Hess Corp. (HES) on Nov. 27 said it is awaiting confirmation from its third-party power provider to restart all process units at its 70,000-barrels-a-day Port Reading, N.J., refinery following a brief afternoon power dip.
Phillips 66 (PSX) on Nov. 27 said its 238,000-barrel-a-day Bayway Refinery in Linden, N.J., had resumed normal operations following extensive repair and replacement of equipment affected by salt water during Hurricane Sandy. The refinery was shut down ahead of the storm Oct. 29.
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-barrels-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 underway on Sept. 27.
Phillips 66 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 Saturday 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 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 Monday, according to a filing to Texas state environmental regulators.
BP PLC (BP, BP.LN) 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 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.
For more detailed information, search Dow Jones Newswires using the code N/REF.
Operator Refinery Capacity Description Restart
Hess Port Reading 70.0 Plantwide shutdown due to power
Corp. dip on Nov. 27. Units ready to
restart; waiting for utility co.
o.k. Refinery returned to service
Nov. 16 following Oct. 29 shut-
down in advance of Hurricane
Phillips Linden, NJ 238.0 Refinery resumed normal opera-
66 tions the co. said on Nov. 27
following Oct. 29 shutdown 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.
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 Port Arthur 600.0 Newly commissioned CDU restart 1Q 2013
on track for early 2013, the co.
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.
NCRA McPherson 85.0 Emissions reported on Nov. 23
KS from a boiler house, a filing
said. Impact to production un-
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.
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.
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.
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 co.
on Oct. 31 said normal operations
were expected to resume in Nov.
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 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-
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sion project. Completion on track
for second-half 2013.
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
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
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 co.
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
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