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.
Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) said Thursday that a contractor passed away at its Chalmette, La., refinery the previous evening, but that the cause is unknown. It is not know whether this is tied to a pipe leak the plant detected Monday evening. Repairs for this line are ongoing.
Exxon's Joliet refinery shut a diesel hydrotreater after a compressor fire Tuesday evening.
Continuing issues at refineries owned by Tesoro Corp. (TSO) in Martinez, Calif., and Anacortes, Wash., caused spot West Coast gasoline prices to rise further. It is unclear when the Anacortes refinery, shut after a deadly blast in early April, will be restarted, but market sources indicated that the restart is delayed for another 10 days. Traders say there are operational issues at the Martinez plant.
Chevron Corp.'s (CVX) refinery in Salt Lake City has resumed normal operations after performing unplanned work on a crude unit, a company spokesman said Wednesday.
ConocoPhillips (COP) reported flaring at its Rodeo, Calif., oil refinery because of a shutdown of a hydrogen plant operated by a third party Wednesday, according to a filing with state environmental regulators.
Flint Hills Resources LP's refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, will shut Monday a hydrocracker located at its West Plant to perform maintenance, according to a filing with state environmental regulators. Last Friday, Flint Hills shut multiple units at the East Plant of the Corpus Christi refinery after a system malfunction. The company did not disclose which units were impacted.
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Operator Refinery Capacity Description Restart
EAST COAST 2
United Warren, PA 70.0 Crude throughput reduced by n/a
35% owning to Enbridge pipe-
line leak/closure on July 26.
Sunoco Philadelphia 335.0 Hydrodesulfirization unit had
PA been shut early Sept. 25 after
releasing a mist of diesel that
settled on 100-150 cars in an
adjacent neighborhood, Co. said
Hovensa St. Croix 500.0 FCCU restarted Oct. 1 after upst
Sept. 30, but will operate at
reduced rates for two weeks, Co.
said Oct. 1.
Exxon Chalmette 192.0 A contract worker passed away at
LA the plant Oct. 6, and the cause is
under investigation, Co. said Oct. 7.
Repairs are ongoing at a pipe leak
detected Oct. 4. Co. said it is not
clear if the two cases are linked.
Flint Corpus 290.0 Multiple East Plant units shut
Hills Christi, TX Oct. 1 on system malfunction
because of steam venting at the
East Plant. There was no fire,
Co. said. No details about units
involved or impact were available.
Motiva Port Arthur 275.0 An unidentified unit was shut
TX after a flash fire Sept. 12 at
a process heater, Shell said
Sept. 13. No injuries or impact
Chevron Pascagoula 330.0 Isomax Unit No. 2 shut Sept.
MS 23 due to small, brief fire.
No other units affected; no
restart timing, the incident
is under investigation.
Conoco Borger, TX 146.0 Unidentified process upset Oct. 5.
with emissions from Area A, cat
flare and Unit 50 coker. Co.
declined to comment.
BP Texas 455.8 Low sulfur crude leaked from a
City, TX pipeline at the plant Sept. 30
after a heavy piece of equipment
hit the line.
Citgo Corpus 163.0 FCCU No. 2 and crude units at
Christi, TX planned rates after being
restarted last week, Co. said
Oct. 4. The FCC was shut Sept. 19
due to a wet-gas compressor
malfunction. The crude unit was
shut from a heater leak Sept. 16
that sparked an isolated fire.
Conoco Belle Chasse 247.0 Part of a sulfur recovery n/a
LA unit was shut for repairs
on Sept. 6. No restart esti-
Murphy Meraux, LA 125.0 Transformer was repaired and
operations returned to normal,
Co. said Sept. 29. A unit
failure caused an electrical
outage late Sept. 28.
Valero Norco, LA 250.0 Pinhole acid leak in a pipe
did not impact production,
Co. said Oct. 1.
Pasadena Pasadena, TX 100.0 FCCU shut due to failed gas n/a
Refining compressor. No restart esti-
Shell Deer Park 340.0 Unidentified unit taken out of n/a
TX service after a fire on July 20.
Refinery operations were "stab-
ilizing" following the fire, the
Valero Port Arthur 325.0 Coker unit No. 843 operating at
TX normal rates, Co. said Sept. 27,
after an unexpected coker wet
gas compressor snag resulted in
about 45 minutes of visible
flaring on Sept. 25.
Valero Corpus 315.0 Naphtha hydrotreater was shut at
Christi, TX Complex 7 of the East Plant Aug.
17 to repair heat exchanger leak,
Co. said Aug. 18. No material
impact on production is expected.
BP Whiting, IN 405.0 White Oak pipeline transporting
finished product to 2 Illinois
terminals was ahead of an
excavation that began Aug. 17 to
find a leak., Co. said Aug. 18.
BP/Husky Toledo, OH 160.0 Crude oil throughput reduced n/a
by unspecified amount owing
to Enbridge's crude oil pipeline
leak/closure on July 26.
Exxon Joliet, IL 239.0 Refinery operations back to nor-
mal the co. said on Sept. 24 fol-
lowing the restart on Sept. 17
of Enbridge's crude oil delivery
pipeline 6A. Rates were cut when
the line was shut when a leak
was discovered the previous week.
Low sulfur diesel catalytic
hydrodesulfurization unit shut
after a brief fire Oct. 5, Co.
said Oct. 6. No estimates for
Marathon St. Paul, MN 74.0 On-site emergency crew extin- Sep 1
guishes fire on Sept. 1. No
injuries or off-site impact.
Impact on operations unclear.
Frontier El Dorado 130.0 Three sulfur-recovery units
KS restarted shortly after going
offline because of a storm
Sept. 15, Co. said Sept. 16.
Chevron Salt Lake 45.0 Plant has resumed operations
City, UT after unplanned crude unit
work, Co. said Oct. 6.
Shell Martinez 156.4 Wet gas compressor shut Sept 9 n/a
CA due to mechanical failure; flar-
ing and emissions were reported
to environmental regulators.
Conoco Ferndale, 100.0 An alkylation unit and butamer n/a
WA shut following a pump fire early
June 15, an environmental agency
said. The refinery continues to
operate, co. said June 15.
Conoco Rodeo, CA 120.2 Equipment malfuntion on Sept. n/a
24 results in vapor release;
impact on production unclear.
Tesoro Anacortes 120.0 Company expects to begin unit Oct. 15
WA startups Oct. 4 and the plant
is to be fully operational by
Oct. 15, Co. confirmed Sept. 30.
Plant was shut after deadly April
Valero Benicia, CA 170.0 Early-day equipment failure & n/a
fire on Sept. 24 results in a
release of pitch. It took place
at a coker's compressor but did
not have a material impact on
production, Co. said Sept. 29.
Exxon Torrance, CA 149.5 Unplanned flaring activity
Sept. 28 lasted two hours. No
units shut and there was no
impact to production, Co. said,
Shell Montreal 130.0 The refinery will be converted into
Valero Aruba 235.0 Idled refinery to resume opera-
tions after completing turnaround
maintenance in Sept. if it is
profitable to do so, the co. said
on July 27.
Sunoco Westville 145.0 Idling all Eagle Point refin- n/a
NJ ing operations indefinitely due
to poor economics, co. said
Valero Delaware 210.0 PBF Energy has closed Apr 2011
deal to buy plant. Petroplus
said May 5 the plant would be
restarted in 2Q of 2011.
Valero Paulsboro, NJ 185.0 Agreed to sell refinery for
$360 million to PBF Energy,
Co. said Sept. 27. Deal is
expected to close in Q4.
Western Yorktown 64.5 The refinery will close in Sept
VA September 2010 for economic
reasons. Terminal operations
Maintenance had been planned
for 3Q 2010.
BP Texas 455.8 Ultraformer No.4 restarted on
City, TX Sept. 24 following maintenance
and repairs; it is unclear when
the unit was taken out of ser-
Work on FCCU No. 1's electrostatic
precipitator stack began
Sept. 28. Up to 3 of the 10 cells
will be removed.
Conoco Borger, TX 146.0 Two upsets at Unit 40, FCCU re-
sult in brief emissions and
opacity on Aug. 4. Status of
Maintenance activity continues,
the co. said on Aug 3. The work
has been underway since June 5.
Maintenance on Unit 50 Coker
on Sept. 16-18, Co.
Chevron Pascagoula 330.0 Pre-commercial heavy oil 2010
Miss. conversion project delayed
from 2008 to 2010 due to
Expansion project including
the replacement of two 30-year-
old reformers and construction
of a 55,000 b/d continuous
catalytic reformer platformer
unit to be completed by late
summer, Industrial Info
Resources said July 6. A
premium base-oil facility
was also being planned, co.
said in late Feb.
Conoco Sweeny, TX 247.0 Unit 27 FCCU being put on
circulation for four days to
repair leak starting Sept. 13.
The fractionation section, wet
gas compressor and flare gas
recovery system will continue
Exxon Baytown, TX 560.6 Extended period of scheduled Est.
maintenance at crude unit, End Oct
several hydrofiners and other
units starts week of Aug 22.
Return to normal operations
unclear, sources say work will
take two months to complete.
Exxon Joliet, IL 239.0 Production impacted by outage of
Enbridge Line 6A pipeline that
was shut to repair a leak last
week, Co. said Sept 16. Plant
continues to operate on other
crude supplies; no supply
disruption to branded stations.
Exxon Chalmette 120.0 Crude throughput will be re- N/A
LA duced to 90,000-b/d as redun-
dant units and about 70 jobs
are taken out of service and
cut for economic reason. These
have begun to take place, the
co. said Aug 26.
Flint Corpus 290.0 FCCU No. 2, Sulfur Recovery Sep 24
Hills Christi, TX No. 1 to shut for maintenance
on Sept. 10.
Hydrocracker shut for planned
work Oct. 4 with emissions
expected to end Oct. 6.
$250 mln project for new Spring 2010
sulfur recovery unit to begin
in Fall 2008. Construction
to last 18 months.
Motiva Port Arthur 285.0 Expansion project to increase 1Q
throughput capacity by 325,000 2012
b/d, to 610,000-b/d, slowed.
Completion now seen 1Q
2012, from 2010.
Valero Corpus 340.0 West Plant 50,000-b/d FCCU at
Christi, TX reduced rates since mid-Dec for
Valero Norco, LA 250.0 Hydrocracker project will pro- 2013
ceed and be completed in late
2013, the co. said on July 27.
FCCU will be revamped during 2Q
2Q of 2011, the co. said on 2011
Upgrade project to build 2012
a new diesel hydrotreater
unit moved from 2010 to
Valero Port Arthur 325.0 Hydrocracker project will pro- 2012
TX ceed and be completed in late
2012, the co. said on July 27.
Six coke drums will be re- 2011
placed in 2011.
77,000-b/d FCCU at reduced n/a
rates since mid-Dec for
Valero Sunray, TX 170.0 55,000-b/d FCCU at reduced n/a
rates since mid-Dec for
Expanded crude gather system 4Q
will increase available crude 2010
supplies to refinery by 4Q.
Murphy Meraux, LA 125.0 Plant operations returned to
normal after catalyst change
that lasted a couple of weeks,
Co. said Aug. 24. Production
is at about 120,000 b/d.
Alon Big Spring 67.0 Maintenance activity related to
No. 2 SCOT unit Sept. 16.
BP Toledo, OH 155.0 $400 million upgrade 2012
to start 2010.
Citgo Lemont, IL 167.0 New ultralow-sulfur diesel Sep 7
unit start up announced on
CVR Coffeyville 115.0 New ultra low sulfur gasoline
KS unit will be brought online
in 2Q, co. said May 3.
Previous target was to have
unit up by end of 2010.
Husky Lima, OH 160.0 Scheduled fall turnaround main- Dec
tenance on track to begin in
Oct for 40 days, the co. said
on Aug 26.
Valero Ardmore, OK 90.0 Plant-wide turnaround planned; 2011
work will impact 1Q 2011
Suncor Commerce 93.0 Planned work at reformer unit Fall
City, CO deferred to Fall 2010 from Feb 2010
28 start date.
BP Carson, CA 265.0 Three days of planned flaring Oct 4
expected starting Sept 28. On
Sept. 30, Co. reported more
flaring on Sept. 30-Oct. 4.
Shell Martinez 156.4 Performing repairs on flare
CA system, Co. reported Oct. 4.
Conoco Wilmington 139.0 Planned flaring expected Oct. Oct. 31
CA 1-31. The event is not due to
equipment breakdown. Co.
previously reported planned
flaring for Sept. 10-30.
FCCU and alkylation units to Oct. 15
resume normal operations by
Oct. 15 after completing work,
a person familiar with operations
said Oct. 1.
Valero Benicia 170.0 Scrubber installation continues; 2010
CA work seen concluding by year-end,
the co. said on July 27.
Tesoro Golden Eagle 166.0 Major turnaround maintenance 2011
Martinez, CA deferred to 2011 from late
2009, the co. said Feb. 3.
FCCU, 70k b/d, taken offline Oct. 7
for next seven days, a source
familiar with the plant's
operations said Sept. 30.
Tesoro Wilmington 97.0 Flaring will start on Sept 7 Sept 11
CA for four days; the event is
not due to equipment breakdown.