Refinery Status:Exxon Joliet Hydrotreater Shut After Brief Fire

Date : 10/11/2010 @ 10:01AM
Source : Dow Jones News
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Refinery Status:Exxon Joliet Hydrotreater Shut After Brief Fire

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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.

   For more detailed information, search Dow Jones Newswires using the code N/REF. 
Operator   Refinery    Capacity   Description                   Restart 
                       (in 000s 
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 
                              Sept. 27. 
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 
                              to community. 
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 
                              co. said. 
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 
                              2 blast. 
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, 
                              Sept. 29. 
Shell    Montreal     130.0   The refinery will be converted into 
         Quebec               terminal. 
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 
                              Oct. 6. 
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 
                              will continue. 
                              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 
                              unit unclear. 
                              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 
                              economic factors. 
                              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 
                              to operate. 
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 
                              diesel desulfurization, 
                              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 
                              economic reasons. 
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 
                              July 27. 
                              Upgrade project to build          2012 
                              a new diesel hydrotreater 
                              unit moved from 2010 to 
                              4Q 2012. 
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 
                              economic reasons. 
Valero   Sunray, TX   170.0   55,000-b/d FCCU at reduced        n/a 
                              rates since mid-Dec for 
                              economic reasons. 
                              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 
                              Sept. 7. 
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. 

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