Refinery Status: Conoco Rodeo Refinery Reports Flaring Activity

Date : 06/06/2011 @ 12:10PM
Source : Dow Jones News
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Refinery Status: Conoco Rodeo Refinery Reports Flaring Activity

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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.

ConocoPhillips (COP) reported flaring activity at its Rodeo, Calif., refinery on June 5, according to a filing with state environmental regulators. The cause of the incident was not disclosed.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) performed planned maintenance at its 560,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Baytown, Texas, the company said June 3. A recording on the company's community hotline said "planned activities" were underway, but no description or timeline was given.

Citgo Petroleum Corp. reported equipment failure at an unidentified unit at its Lemont, Ill, refinery late June 2, according to a report submitted to regulators June 3. A company official said June 2 that the refinery was operating at reduced rates during repairs at a steam boiler and associated processing equipment starting June 1.

ConocoPhillips (COP) said that its Bayway oil refinery in Linden, N.J., is operating at reduced rates after a furnace fire broke out at its crude unit June 1.

BP PLC (BP, BP.LN) and Tesoro Corp. (TSO) both reported that flaring activity at their Carson, Calif., oil refineries will begin the week of June 6, in filings with state environmental regulators on June 2.

Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA, RDSA.LN) has restored power and steam supplies to its oil refinery in Deer Park, Texas, and units are returning to normal operations, a spokeswoman said June 1.

Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) said June 1 that there was an upset at a gasoil hydrotreater located at its refinery in Wilmington, Calif., early that morning but it did not disrupt production.

BP PLC (BP) reported excess emissions from fluid catalytic cracker No. 3 located at its oil refinery in Texas City, Texas, according to a filing with state environmental regulators on June 1.

BP PLC (BP) reported that its oil refinery in Carson, Calif., will begin planned flaring activity on June 3-7, according to a filing with state environmental regulators on June 1.

Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) said May 31 its oil refinery in Texas City, Texas, is returning to planned operating rates after being hit by a power outage late last week.

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.

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.

   For more detailed information, search Dow Jones Newswires using the 
code N/REF. 
Operator   Refinery    Capacity   Description                   Restart 
                       (in 000s 
Conoco   Linden, NJ    238.0  Bayway refinery at reduced rates 
                              after a furnace fire at crude unit 
                              June 1. Crude unit was shut. 
Shell    Deer Park, TX 327.0  Units being restarted after steam 
                              supply outage by a third-party 
                              provider, Co. said June 1. 
                              A hydrotreater, alkylatio and some 
                              chemical units were affected, a 
                              June 1 regulatory filing stated. 
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. 
BP       Texas City    437.0  FCCU No. 3 exceeded opacity limit set 
         TX                   by permit, a June 1 filing said. 
Valero   Texas City    130.0  Plant returning to normal operatin rates 
         TX                   after being hit by a power outage May 27 
                              at its local utility, Co. said May 31. 
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. 
Valero   Wilmington    135.0  Gasoil hydrotreater has an upset 
         CA                   because of mechanical issues, but 
                              didn't have a material impact on 
                              production, Co. said June 1. 
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. 
Exxon    Baytown, TX   560.0  Planned activities underway, but 
                              further details were not disclosed 
                              on a community hotline recording 
                              on June 3. 
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. 
Citgo   Lemont, IL     167.0  Unidentified equipment failure 
                              on late June 2. Earlier that day, 
                              a company official said the refinery 
                              was at reduced rates after a steam 
                              boiler and associated processing 
                              equipment were shut for repairs 
                              June 1. 
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. 
                              Planned flaring activity to take 
                              place on June 3-7, according to a 
                              June 1 filing. 
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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