Refinery Status: BP Shuts Texas City FCCU-1; FCCU-3 At Planned Rates

Date : 06/14/2011 @ 3:13PM
Source : Dow Jones News
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Refinery Status: BP Shuts Texas City FCCU-1; FCCU-3 At Planned 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.

BP PLC (BP, BP.LN) on June 13 shut FCCU-1 at its Texas City, Texas, refinery due to a blower failure at the associated electrostatic precipitator. There is no estimate of when it will restart. FCCU-3, the larger of two FCCUs at the refinery was restarted on June 11 and is at planned rates after shutting down on June 7 for what was expected to be 48-hours of repairs, a person familiar with operations at the refinery said on Tuesday.

Delek US Holdings (DK) reported a smoke condition at its oil refinery in Tyler, Texas, on Monday, a filing to Texas state environmental regulators said.

Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA, RDSA.LN) reported flaring at a coker unit on June 12 at its oil refinery in Deer Park, Texas, according to a filing with Texas state environmental regulators made public Monday. The filing didn't indicate whether the event had an impact on coker unit operations.

Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) on June 13 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. A blower malfunction at the plant's FCCU late on June 11 had no material impact on production, the co. said also on June 13.

Scheduled maintenance on a reformer unit at BP PLC's (BP, BP.LN) oil refinery in Whiting, Indiana, has been concluded and the unit is currently operating at planned rates, a person familiar with operations at the plant said. The unit, which produces high-octane gasoline blending components, was taken out of service at the end of March, along with an alkylation unit, for what was expected to be 60 days of planned turnaround maintenance.

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.

   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 still shut, the 
                              co. said on June 9. 
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  FCCU-1 shut unplanned on June 13;  N/A 
         TX                   no estimate for restart, a source 
                              said on June 14. 
                              FCCU-3 at planned rates on June    June 11 
                              13 after weekend restart. Unit 
                              shut on June 7 for 48-hours 
                              maintenance to 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 restarted on June 6     June 6 
         Christi, TX          after control valve malfunction 
                              shut it down the day before, a 
                              co. official said on June 10. 
Delek    Tyler, TX      58.0  Smoke at the plant's FCCU flare 
                              was visible on June 13. 
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 
Valero   Port Arthur   285.0  Refinery still running at reduced 
         TX                   rates; coker unit shut due to 
                              power outage by lightning strike 
                              on June 6. No estimate on when 
                              operations will return to normal, 
                              the co. said on June 14. 
Shell    Deer Park,    327.0  Flaring at coker unit reported to 
         TX                   environmental regulators; status 
                              coker unit operations unclear. 
Total    Port Arthur   232.0  Coker unit down after power outage, 
         TX                   according to May 26 filing. 
Conoco   Rodeo, CA     120.2  Mechanical issues cause excess 
                              emissions on June 8 and flaring 
                              on June 5. Cause unknown. 
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. 
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. 
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  Reformer No. 4 at planned rates 
                              on June 10 after turnaround that 
                              began at the end of March, a 
                              person familiar with the plant 
                              said on June 10. 
                              Turnaround at Pipestill 12 de- 
                              layed by 3 months; it was sup- 
                              posed to begin in November, a 
                              source said on Mar 25. 
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  Planned flaring activity to take 
                              place on June 3-7, according to a 
                              June 1 filing. 

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