US Refinery Status: BP Shuts Cherry Point Refinery Until April

Date : 03/01/2012 @ 10:48AM
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US Refinery Status: BP Shuts Cherry Point Refinery Until April

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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) said Feb. 29 it will idle operations at its Cherry Point refinery in Ferndale, Wash., through April as the company performs maintenance in the aftermath of a Feb. 17 fire at the plant.

HollyFrontier (HFC) said Feb. 28 that first-quarter crude rates at its Artesia, N.M., refinery as it performs maintenance on hydrotreaters. The company will also perform a turnaround at the alkylation unit at its 135,000 barrel-a-day refinery in El Dorado, Kan., during the first quarter.

Chevron Corp. (CVX) reported "low feed rates" and "unstability" Feb. 27 at its refinery in Richmond, Calif., according to a government document made public the following day. A Chevron spokesman declined to comment except that supply to customers was not interrupted.

Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) reported a planned unit startup and "an unexpected trip" at its refiery in Benicia, Calif., according to a government filing made public Feb. 24. The events occurred on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23, according to Valero's filing with the California Emergency Management Agency.

Tesoro Cop. (TSO) returned its 58,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Salt Lake City, Utah, to normal operating rates after a small fire early Feb. 17 resulted in the shut down of a crude unit.

Hovensa L.L.C. on Feb. 21 said the shutdown of its 350,000-barrel-a-day refinery on the US Virgin Island of St. Croix had been completed. The complex will be operated as an oil storage terminal going forward.

Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) said Feb. 21 that the coker and crude distillation units at its refinery in Wilmington, Calif., were at planned operating rates after coming down for maintenance in mid-January. Other units at the 135,000 barrel-a-day refinery were at various stages of the restart process, Valero spokesman said.

ConocoPhillips (COP) reported a plant upset Feb. 17 at its 240,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Westlake, La., according to a government filing. A company spokesman declined comment.

A platformer/reformer at North Atlantic Refining's 115,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Come By Chance, Newfoundland, Canada, has been returned to service after coming off line on Feb. 8, due to a brief fire, according to company spokeswoman Gloria Slade.

Alon USA's 67,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Big Spring, Texas, suffered another cooling tower leak on Feb. 14, resulting in the shutdown of the aromex unit until further notice, according to the Texas Commission On Environmental Quality.

ConocoPhillips (COP) is planning maintenance at it's 120,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Rodeo, Calif., according to the California Hazardous Materials Spill Report. The shutdown of the hydrogen unit was effective Feb. 16, and will last for approximately five weeks, according to local regulators.

A fluid catalytic cracker at Motiva's 325,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, was restarted on Feb. 16 and should be in full production within seven days, according to a filing to the Texas State environmental regulators. The unit experienced a power disruption on Feb. 8.

A key gasoline producing unit was taken off line on a planned basis at ExxonMobil's 345,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Beaumont, Texas, on Feb. 15, according to company spokeswoman Kathleen Jackson. Some impact to production will be evident, Jackson said.

Extensive planned maintenance on a crude unit, fluid catalytic cracker, and reformer still continues at Tesoro's 165,000 barrel-a-day refinery in the San Francico Bay Area after 45 days of work. Traders and marketers familiar with the facility on Feb. 16 said they believe work will be completed in short order, but Tesoro wouldn't comment.

For more detailed information, search Dow Jones Newswires using the code N/REF.

Operator   Refinery    Capacity   Description                   Restart 
                       (in 000s 
Sunoco   Philadelphia  330.0  Hydrotreater shut Dec 15 for 
         PA                   maintenance; restart timing not 
                              known. Traders say unit remains 
                              shuttered on Jan 10. 
Hess     Port Reading, 70.0   FCCU at planned rates on Feb. 19 
         NJ                   after maintenance. 
Flint    Corpus        300.0  Alkylation unit shut on Feb 1 
Hills    Christi, TX          to facilitate repair at asso- 
                              ciated tower. It will restart 
                              as soon as possible. 
Motiva   Port Arthur   600.0  Partial power failure on Feb 7 
                              impacted operations at FCCU, 
                              Alkylation Unit, hydrocracking 
                              unit -filing. 
Pasadena Pasadena TX   100.0  Coker unit damanged by Dec 10      N/A 
Refining                      fire. Fire contained; no other 
                              units affected, the co. said 
                              on Dec. 12. On Jan 27, the co. 
                              said there was no change since 
                              the Dec. 12 statement; no re- 
                              start timing. 
Tesoro   Anacortes     120.0  An unspecified unit, or units, 
         WA                   are in the process of restart- 
                              ing on Feb 3 after shutting 
                              briefly the day before. 
BP       Ferndale,            Refinery idled after Feb. 17 
         WA                   fire at crude unit. 
Husky    Saskatchewan         21-days maintenance set in         1stH 
Upgrader                      first half 2012 at hydrogen        2012 
                              plant, the co. said on Feb 9. 
Husky    Saskatchewan         Major turnaround to take place     Spring 
Refinery                      in spring of 2013. Plant-wide      2013 
                              shutdown for inspection and 
                              equipment repairs. 
HOVENSA  St. Croix     350.0  Refinery shutdown completed, the 
                              co. said on Feb. 21. The facility  Feb. 21 
                              will be operated as a products 
                              storage terminal. 
Valero   Aruba         235.0  Crude throughput rates cut by an 
                              unspecified amount for the past 
                              several weeks due to economics 
                              co. said on Jan 9. 
Conoco   Trainer, PA   185.0  Crude processing halted; 
                              operations winding down, 
                              the company said on Sept. 30. 
                              The refinery will be 
                              shuttered in six months if 
                              not sold. 
Sunoco   Philadelphia  335.0  Refineries up for sale on          July 
         Marcus Hook   190.0  Sept. 6; Marcus Hook shut          2012 
                              Dec. 1 ahead of schedule 
                              due to poor refining econo- 
                              mics. Phila. to shut in July. 
BP       Texas City    406.6  FCCU and Alkylation unit routine 
         TX                   maintenance that began earlier in 
                              Jan continues, a person familiar 
                              with the refinery said on Feb 8. 
                              Restart estimate not available. 
Citgo    Corpus        157.0  East Plant crude unit turnaround   Jan 31 
         Christi, TX          concluded; plant back at normal 
                              rates, to Co. said on Jan 31. 
                              The maintenance got under way on 
                              Jan 10. 
Conoco   Belle Chasse  247.0  Refinery up for sale a 
Phillips LA                   Nov. 29 Bloomberg News 
                              report said. 
Conoco   Westlake, LA  239.4  Planned maintenance currently 
Phillips                      under way at unspecified unit(s) 
                              the co. said on Jan 10; no other 
                              details provided. 
Exxon    Baytown      560.6   Two months turnaround work got     Feb 
Mobil    TX                   under way on Feb. 1 at an alky-    24 
                              lation unit and FCCU. 
Holly    Artesia, NM  100.0   Crude runs will be reduced by      Early 
Frontier                      50% during 30 days of major turn-  2012 
                              maintenance in early 2012, the Co. 
                              said on Aug. 5. 
Valero   McKee    TX   170.0  5 week FCCU turnaround set for 
                              March, 2012, the co. said 1/31. 
                              Vacuum unit turnaround planned in 
                              first half of 2012, company said. 
                              Expansion project announced 
                              March 2011 to increase crude oil 
                              throughput by 25,000 b/d to 
                              195,000 b/d. 
Valero   Meraux, LA    135.0  FCCU will be shuttered during 
                              alkylation unit turnaround main- 
                              tenance that began wk of Jan 2 
                              the co. said on Jan 9. 
Valero   Houston,TX    88.0   Seven weeks of FCCU maintnance    end-March 
                              starting in Feb. 2012 the Co. 
                              said on Nov. 1, 2011. 
Valero   Norco, LA     185.0  Ten weeks of work planned for      mid-April 
                              the crude and coker units start-   2012 
                              ing Feb. 2012, co said on Nov. 1, 
Valero   Norco, LA     185.0  Co. on Jan. 31 said 10-weeks of    April 
                              planned crude/coker unit mainte-   2012 
                              will get under way in Feb. 
                              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 
CVR      Coffeyville   115.7  Final phase of turnaround work    Q1 
         KS                   will begin Feb 28 at crude unit   2012 
                              No. 2, coker, vacuum unit No. 2, 
                              hydrotreater for 4-5 weeks. First 
                              two phases concluded in Nov 2011. 
CVR      Wynnewood      54.0  30-40 days maintenance planned     Q3 
         OK                   in 3rd Q 2013, the co. said on     2013 
                              Nov. 3, 2011. 
Holly    Tulsa, OK     125.0  The entire refinery will be shut   Late 
Frontier                      while West Plant section under-    2012 
                              goes major turnaround maintenance 
                              in late 2012, the Co. said on 
                              Aug. 5, 2011. 
Husky    Lima, OH      160.0  15-days of maintenance at diesel   4Q 
Energy                        hydrotreater; 29-day at aromatics  2012 
                              unit set for 4Q 2012, the co. 
                              on Feb 9. 
                              New 20,000-b/d kerosene hydro-     1stH 
                              treater will start up in 1st       2013 
                              half 2013, to co. said on Feb 9, 
                              45-days of major turnaround sched- 
                              uled in 2014; 70% of units involved. 
                              Remaining 30% will under go major 
                              turnaround in 2015, the co. said 
                              on Feb 9, 2012. 
Husky    Toledo, OH    140.0  Minor turnaround planned in mid- 
Energy                        2012; the partial outage will 
                              last about 21 days, the co. said 
                              on Feb. 9. 
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. 
Valero   Memphis, TN   180.0  Five weeks of maintenance on       early-April 
                              crude unit starting in March.       2012 
                              2012, co. said on Nov. 1, 2011. 
Sinclair Sinclair, WY   80.0  Long-term upgrade project com-     Jan 
                              pleted, the Co. said on Jan 25.    2012 
                              Throughput increased to 80K-b/d, 
                              coker unit and sulfur plant added 
                              and hydrocracker rate increased. 
Alon     Bakersfield    14.5  Refining operations halted for 
         CA                   at least one month for econo- 
                              mic reasons, a local news re- 
                              port said on Jan 15. 
BP       Carson, CA    265.0  Planned flaring extended through 
                              Feb 7; a Jan 30 filing to regula- 
                              tors said. A previous filing said 
                              the flaring began on Jan 23. 
Conoco   Carson, CA    139.0  Maintenance work under way at 
         Wilmington           Carson plant, the Co. said on 
                              Jan 27; no details were pro- 
Tesoro   West Coast    N/A    Q4 2011 maintenance at West 
                              Coast refineries delayed until 
                              2012. Further details not pro 
Valero   Wilmington,  150.0   CDU and coker at planned rates as of 
                              Feb. 21. Other units to follow. 

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