US Refinery Status: BP Carson Refinery At Planned Rates

Date : 03/08/2012 @ 11:39AM
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US Refinery Status: BP Carson Refinery 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's (BP, BP.LN) San Francisco-area oil refinery in Carson, Calif., is operating at planned rates after restarting a hydrocracker unit last week, a person familiar with operations at the plant said on March 7. The unit experienced an emergency shutdown Feb. 24 a filing to California environmental regulators said. There is no maintenance under way at the 253,000-barrel-a-day refinery other than routine day-to-day work, the person added.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) on March 7 said its Beaumont, Texas, refinery is resuming normal operations and anticipates meeting all contractual obligations during the restart of an FCCU. A CO boiler tripped during the restart process on March 5 but was restarted relatively quickly, a TCEQ filing said. A previous TCEQ filing said an FCCU was shut for minor equipment repairs on Feb. 15.

ConocoPhillips on March 5 said planned turnaround maintenance is under way at its San Francisco refining complex, which include the Grande Arroyo and Rodeo plants. Traders said a crude unit, reformer and coker unit would be included in the work that is expected to end at around March 25-28. The company wouldn't specify the units involved in, or the duration of, the maintenance.

A flash fire at a flare platform at Valero's (VLO) Memphis, Tenn., refinery on March 6 is not expected to extend five weeks of planned turnaround maintenance under way since March 2 at the plant's crude unit. Three contract workers were injured in the fire. No other production units were affected by the fire.

Citgo Corp. shut an alkylation unit at its Corpus Christi refinery on March 5 when a sensor detected a release and set off water cannons in the unit. The release was caused by a small flange leak, the company said and there was no impact to air quality.

Alon USA on March 3 took an off-gas compressor off-line at its Big Spring, Texas, refinery due to a problem at a gas-oil hydrotreater, a filing to regulators said.

BP PLC 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.

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

Operator   Refinery    Capacity   Description                   Restart 
                       (in 000s 
Alon     Big Spring    67.0   Off-gas compressor shut on Mar      N/A 
USA      TX                   3 due to gas-oil hydrotreater 
Citgo    Corpus       165.0   Alkylation unit shut on Mar 5      N/A 
         Christi              due to small flange leak. 
Exxon    Beaumont     344.0   Resuming normal operations after   Mar 7 
                              boiler trip during FCCU restart 
                              on Mar 5, the co. said on Mar 
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. 
BP       Carson, CA    253.0  Hydrocracking unit restarted       Mar 7 
                              Mar 1-2 after Feb 24 shutdown. 
                              a person familiar with the plant 
                              said on Mar 7. 
BP       Ferndale,     230.0  Refinery idled after Feb. 17       End 
         WA                   fire at crude unit. Planned        April 
                              maintenance advanced; plant 
                              will remain shut through April. 
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   Feb 21 
                              co. said on Feb. 21. The facility  2012 
                              will be operated as a products 
                              storage terminal. 
Valero   Aruba         235.0  One of two crude units and one of 
                              two cokers and a visibreaker remain 
                              shuttered due to economics, the Co. 
                              said on Mar 6. 
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. 
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. 
BP       Ferndale,     230.0  Refinery idled after Feb. 17       End 
         WA                   fire at crude unit. Planned        April 
                              maintenance advanced; plant 
                              will remain shut through April. 
Conoco   Carson, CA    139.0  Maintenance work under way at 
         Wilmington           Carson plant, the Co. said on 
                              Jan 27; no details were pro- 
Conoco   San Francisco 120.2  Planned turnaround maintenance     Mar 25- 
                              under way, the co. said on Mar     28 
                              5. Scope and duration of work 
                              not disclosed. Traders said CDU, 
                              reformer, coker involved in work 
                              expected to last until Mar 25-28. 
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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