Refinery Status: PBF Halts Delaware City Refinery Unit Start-Up

Date : 05/31/2011 @ 11:05AM
Source : Dow Jones News
Stock : Frontier Oil Corp. (FTO)
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Refinery Status: PBF Halts Delaware City Refinery Unit Start-Up

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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.

The start-up of a processing unit at PBF Energy's oil refinery in Delaware City, Del., was interrupted on May 28 when a release of hydrogen sulfide went through a flare stack during the process, according to a filing to the U.S. National Response Center. The 190,000-barrel-a-day plant remains on track to start-up in the 2nd-quarter.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) on May 29 said a process unit restart at it's Joliet refinery in Illinois caused a release of nitrogen dioxide to a flare stack. The company reported the event to the U.S. National Response Center. Traders doing business in the region said the plant's FCCU had been down for repairs.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) on May 29 reported an unplanned flaring event at its refinery in Torrance, Calif. The reason for the flaring wasn't specified in a report to Calif. environmental regulators.

ConocoPhillips on May 27 restarted a compressor at unspecifed equipment at its refinery in Sweeny, Texas. The restart caused a period of flaring, a filing to environmental regulators said.

BP PLC (BP) on May 27 reported emissions of sulfur dioxide due to an upset at an unspecified process unit at its Carson refinery in Los Angeles, Calif. The unit outage was part of routine maintenance, BP said.

Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) restarted units at its 218,500 barrel-a-day refinery in Texas City, Texas, after an early morning power outage on on May 27.

Marathon Oil Corp. (MRO) restarted units at its 76,000 barrel-a-day refinery Texas City, Texas, on May 27 after an early morning power outage.

Marathon Oil Corp. restarted units at its 206,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Robinson, Ill., on May 26 after a power outage the previous night.

Exxon Mobil Corp. reported flaring at its 234,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Joliet, Ill., according to a filing with state regulators made public on May 26.

Total SA (TOT, FP.FR) said a brief power failure forced it to shut down the coker at its 232,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, on May 26.

BP PLC restarted the crude distillation unit, coker, reformer and "other units" after a maintenance turnaround at its 225,000 barrel-a-day Cherry Point refinery in Washington state, according to a filing with state regulators made public on May 26.

Valero Energy Corp. took down the gas oil treating unit for unplanned maintenance at its 142,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, on May 25, the company said in a filing with state regulators.

Valero Energy Corp. took down the coker unit at its 142,000 barrel-a-day Corpus Christi, Texas, refinery for maintenance May 25, according to a government filing.

Valero Energy Corp. was restarting the wet gas compressor at its 285,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, according to a govnerment filing on May 25.

   For more detailed information, search Dow Jones Newswires using the 
code N/REF. 
Operator   Refinery    Capacity   Description                   Restart 
                       (in 000s 
Chevron  Pascagoula    330.0  One of two crude units experienced 
         MS                   an "isolated fire" early May 10 that 
                              lasted about an hour. Co. declined 
                              to comment on the status of the 
                              unit and the refinery. 
Conoco   Sweeny, TX    247.0  Compressor at unidentified equip-    5/27 
                              ment restarted on May 27 after 
                              shuting down earlier that day. 
Exxon    Baton Rouge,  506.0  Cut production by at least 50,000    5/13 
         LA.                  b/d and closed docks and pipelines 
                              because of flooding in region. 
Valero   Port Arthur,   285.0 Company restarting wet gas compressor, 
         TX                   according to May 25 government filing. 
Total    Port Arthur    232.0 Coker unit down after power outage, 
         TX                   according to May 26 filing. 
Exxon    Joliet, IL    238.6  Flaring due to overpressure of 
                              unspecified unit, according to May 25 
                              government filing. 
Shell    Martinez, CA  156.5  Restarted hydrocracker after       May 17 
                              shutdown on May 16. 
Suncor   Edmonton      135.0  4 weeks of planned work starts 
                              Apr 22 at one of two crude units 
                              and associated equip. 
Hovensa  St. Croix     350.0  Refinery's #4 distillate 
                              desulfurizing unit restarted on 
                              May 19, company said on May 23. 
                              Unit had been damaged by fire. 
Lyondell Houston, TX   270.0  FCCU rate cut on Apr 22 follow- 
Basell                        upset. Unit status remains un- 
                              unclear on May 3; the co. won't 
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. 
Petrobras Pasadena      56.0  FCCU restarted after being taken 
          TX                  out of service Feb. 28 for 
                              planned work, company said May 24. 
Valero   Corpus Christi 142.0 Coker brought down for planned 
         TX                   maintenance, company said in May 
                              25 government filing. 
Valero   McKee    TX   170.0  Vacuum unit turnaround planned for 
                              first half of 2012, co. said. 
                              Expansion project announced on 
                              March 2011 to increase crude oil 
                              throughput by 25,000 b/d to 
                              195,000 b/d. 
Valero   Norco, LA     185.0  Hydrocracker project will pro- 2013 
                              ceed and be completed in late 
                              2013, the co. said on 7/27/10. 
                              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 
BP       Whiting, IN   405.0  Turnaround will start at the      End-May 
                              end of March at Reformer No. 4 
                              and alkylation unit for 60 days, 
                              source said on Mar 25. 
                              Turnaround at Pipestill 12 de- 
                              layed by 3 months; it was sup- 
                              posed to begin in November, a 
                              source said on Mar 25. 
Frontier Cheyenne, WY   47.0  Refinery to return to targeted     May 8- 
                              run rates week starting May 8      15 
                              after undergoing equipment up- 
                              grades, the co. said on May 5. 
CVR      Coffeyville   115.7  Periodic turnaround will take place 
         KS                   in two phases beginning in Fall 2011 
                              and completed in Spring 2012. 
Tesoro   Mandan, ND     58.0  Total crude-oil processing capa-    2nd Q 
                              city to increase by 17% to 68,000   2012 
                              b/d by 2nd quarter 2012. 
BP       Carson, CA    265.0  Upset at unspecified process 
                              unit reported on May 27 due to 
                              routine maintenance, to Co. said. 
Tesoro   Anacortes     120.0  Planned maintenance under way       May 2 
                              since April 29 expected to con- 
                              clude on May 2; no impact to 

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