Refinery Status: Valero Port Arthur Coker Unit Still Shut; Plant Running At Reduced Rates

Date : 06/10/2011 @ 10:27AM
Source : Dow Jones News
Stock : Frontier Oil Corp. (FTO)
Quote : 32.31  0.0 (0.00%) @ 2:05AM

Refinery Status: Valero Port Arthur Coker Unit Still Shut; Plant Running At Reduced Rates

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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.

Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) on June 9 said its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery is still operating at reduced rates while efforts to restart a coker unit continue since a lightning strike on June 6 caused a power failure.

Suncor Energy (SU) on June 9 said planned maintenance at one of two crude units and associated equipment had been concluded at its Edmonton refinery in Alberta, Canada. The plant had already resumed normal rates.

Valero Energy Corp. on June 9 said a pump snag at an FCCU at its Los Angeles-area refinery on June 7 had no material impact on production.

ConocoPhillips (COP) on June 9 said the fire-hit crude unit at its Bayway refinery in Linden, N.J., remained shut and the plant continued to run at reduced rates following a June 1 fire.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) on June 9 said a process unit at its Joliet, Illinois, refinery was returned to service after going off-line on May 21. The company wouldn't identify the unit.

Alon Refining (ALJ) on June 8 said its Krotz Springs, Louisiana, refinery, shut in late May in anticipation of Mississippi River floodwaters, is in restart mode. Maintenance, planned for 3rd-quarter 2011, was advanced and completed in the time frame.

ConocoPhillips (COP) on June 8 reported excess emissions due to mechanical issues at its Rodeo, Calif., refinery; the facility reported flaring activity on June 5, according to filings with state environmental regulators. The cause of the incidents was not disclosed.

BP PLC (BP) on June 8 reported the restart plan for FCCU-3 at its Texas City, Texas. The unit was shut June 7 for 48-hours of maintenance at an associated Wet Gas Scrubber.

Tesoro Corp.'s (TSO) Wilmington, Calif., refinery is ramping towards normal operating rates on June 7 following a power outage the day before. Several unspecified processing units were affected by the outage, company spokesman Mike Marcy said late Tuesday.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) said on June 7 that shipping docks at its Baton Rouge, La., refinery had been completely re-opened after closing on May 15 due to the Mississippi River flooding. The docks were partially re-opened around May 25 when water levels receded, the company said at that time. The refinery is operating at planned rates.

Several processing units at Western Refining's (WNR) oil refinery in El Paso, Texas, were restarted on June 6 after an early morning, spotty, power failure resulted in shut downs in the north and south sections of the plant, the company said in a filing to Texas state environmental regulators.

Citgo Petroleum Corp. on June 5 shut FCCU No. 2 at its oil refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, due to a malfunction at an associated pressure control valve, the company said in a filing to Texas state environmental regulators.

 
 
   For more detailed information, search Dow Jones Newswires using the 
code N/REF. 
 
 
Operator   Refinery    Capacity   Description                   Restart 
                       (in 000s 
                       bbl/day) 
UNPLANNED 
 
CANADA 
 
CARIBBEAN 
 
EAST COAST 
 
Conoco   Linden, NJ    238.0  Bayway refinery at reduced rates 
                              after a furnace fire at crude unit 
                              June 1. Crude unit was shut. 
 
GULF COAST 
 
Alon     Krotz          83.0  Refinery in restart on June 8 
         Springs, La          after shutting in late-May as 
                              a precaution ahead of Mississippi 
                              River flooding. Maintenance, 
                              advanced from 3rd-quarter 2011 
                              was performed. 
 
BP       Texas City    437.0  Restart plans were submitted for 
         TX                   FCCU-3 on June 8. The unit was 
                              shut June 7 for 48-hr. work at 
                              wet gas scrubber. 
 
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. 
 
Citgo    Corpus        163.0  No. 2 FCCU shut on June 5 due to 
         Christi, TX          control valve malfunction. Status 
                              unclear. 
 
Exxon    Baton Rouge   504.5  Refinery operating normally the 
Mobil    La.                  co. said on June 7; shipping docks 
                              completely operationsl after clos- 
                              ing May 15 due to Mississippi River 
                              flooding. 
 
Valero   Port Arthur   285.0  Refinery still running at reduced  June 7 
         TX                   rates; coker unit shut, due to 
                              power outage by lightning strike 
                              on June 6. 
 
Total    Port Arthur   232.0  Coker unit down after power outage, 
         TX                   according to May 26 filing. 
 
Western  El Paso, TX   127.8  Units in restart in June 6 after   June 6 
                              spotty power outage earlier that 
                              day. 
 
BP       Texas City    437.0  FCCU No. 3 exceeded opacity limit 
         TX                   set by permit, a June 1 filing 
                              said. 
 
MIDWEST 
 
Exxon    Joliet, IL    238.6  Unspecified unit back in service 
                              on June 9 after going off-line on 
                              May 21, the co. said. 
 
 
ROCKIES 
 
WEST COAST 
 
Conoco   Rodeo, CA     120.2  Mechanical issues cause excess 
                              emissions on June 8 and flaring 
                              on June 5. Cause unknown. 
 
Tesoro   Wilmington     97.0  Refinery resuming normal opera-    June 7 
         CA                   tions on June 7 following power 
                              outage the day before. Several 
                              unspecified units were affected. 
 
 
PLANNED 
 
CANADA 
 
Suncor   Edmonton      135.0  Refinery at normal rates on June   June 9 
                              9 following scheduled maintenance 
                              at one of two crude units and as- 
                              sociated equipment that began on 
                              April 22. 
 
 
CARIBBEAN 
 
 
EAST COAST 
 
 
GULF COAST 
 
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 
                              comment. 
 
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 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 
                              2012. 
 
MIDWEST 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
WEST COAST 
 
BP       Carson, CA    265.0  Planned flaring activity to take 
                              place on June 3-7, according to a 
                              June 1 filing. 
 
 

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