Refinery Status: Exxon Reports Unit Upset At Illinois Refinery

Date : 04/16/2012 @ 11:34AM
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Refinery Status: Exxon Reports Unit Upset At Illinois Refinery

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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.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) reported an unspecified unit upset April 15 at its 240,000 barrel-a-day refinery outside Joliet, Ill., according to a government filing.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) said April 14 a compressor tripped at its 344,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Beaumont, Texas.

ConocoPhillips (COP) said a small fire early April 13 at its 76,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Rodeo, Calif., was promptly extinguished. Refinery operations were "otherwise routine," a company spokesman said.

Chevron Corp. (CVX) reported an upset April 11 at the sulfur recovery unit at its refinery in El Segundo, Calif., according to a government filing.

Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) on April 10 said its oil refinery in Meraux, La., is in restart mode following a brief power outage earlier in the day. The alkylation unit will remain shut for turnaround maintenance and the FCCU will be off line until the alkylation unit returns to service.

Planned turnaround maintenance under way since early March continues at Valero Energy Corp.'s (VLO) Memphis refinery crude distillation unit. The plant filed a report to NRC in anticipation of possible flaring or emissions as the crude unit at Memphis, and other units, begin the restart process following the turnaround, however the crude unit turnaround is still under way, the company said on April 10.

Planned crude, coker and reformer maintenance has concluded at ConocoPhillips' San Francisco-area refinery in Rodeo, California, company spokesman Rich Johnson said on April 9. Traders doing business in the region said the work well underway in early March; published reports said the turnaround began in mid-Feb.

The Wood River Refinery, a joint venture owned by ConocoPhillips (COP) and Cenovus Energy (CVE), in Roxana, Illinois, said emissions of sulfur dioxide were routed to the plant's safety flare stack on Saturday evening after an ultralow-sulfur diesel hydrotreater had tripped off line. No other details were provided.

HollyFrontier Corp. (HFC) on April 5 said an FCCU at its Navajo refinery in Artesia, New Mexico cracking unit will be shut down for 10 to 15 days for unscheduled mechanical repairs. HollyFrontier said the downtime will reduce crude throughput by approximately 800,000 barrels.

ExxonMobil Corp. (XOM) on April 4 confirmed the shutdown of Crude Unit B, a coker unit and corresponding units for several weeks of planned maintenance at it's refinery in Beaumont, Texas. Minimal impact to production is expected and all contractual commitments will be met, the company said.

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

Operator   Refinery    Capacity   Description                   Restart 
                       (in 000s 
CVR      Wynnewood      70.0  Power snag forces SRU off-line 
Energy   OK                   on Apr 2, a filing to the NRC 
Holly    Artesia, NM   100.0  FCCU shut for 10-15 days unplan- 
Frontier                      ned maintenance on April 5. 
Pasadena Pasadena TX   100.0  Coker unit damanged by on Dec 10 
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. 
Valero   Meraux LA     135.0  Refinery in restart after brief 
                              power outage on Apr 9. Alky Unit 
                              still shut for turnaround and 
                              FCCU shut until that work is done. 
Exxon    Channahon     240.0  Gas compressor unit shut at 
Mobil    IL                   catalytic hydrodesulfuriza- 
                              tion unit on Mar 12. No other 
                              details provided. 
WRB      Roxana        306.0  Ultralow-sulfur diesel hydro- 
Refining IL                   treater trips off-line on Apr 
                              7 - filing. No further details 
                              were provided. 
BP       Ferndale,     230.0  Refinery idled after Feb. 17       End 
         WA                   fire at crude unit. Repairs 
                              expected to go on 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  Operations will be suspended 
                              at the end of March due to eco- 
                              nomics, the co. said on Mar 19. 
Conoco   Trainer, PA   185.0  Crude processing halted; 
                              operations winding down, 
                              on Sept. 30. 
                              The refinery will be 
                              shuttered at end-May 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 No. 3 and Alkylation unit down 
         TX                   for routine maintenance that began 
                              around Jan. 5 continues, a person 
                              familiar with the refinery said on 
                              Apr 5. Restart estimate not available. 
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. 
Exxon    Beaumont     345.0   Crude Unit B, Coker Unit and 
Mobil    TX                   associated units shut for plan- 
                              ned maintenance on Apr 1. Work 
                              will continue for several weeks. 
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 began on    May 5 
                              March 31 weekend, the co. said 
                              on Apr 2. 
                              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. 
                              Work continues the co. said on 
                              Apr 10. 
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  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 
                              2012. Hydrocracker remains shut 
                              for catalyst change, the co. 
                              said on Apr 6. 
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. 
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 CDU maintenance begins     Mar 26 
                              on Mar 13; flaring and emissions 
                              are expected through Apr 6. 
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   Ferndale      100.0  Turnaround maintenance under way   Apr 7 
         WA                   on Mar 10 at unspecified unit or   or 14 
                              units, co. said. Traders said 
                              work will last 5-6 weeks. 
Conoco   San Francisco 120.2  Planned turnaround maintenance     Apr 8 
                              ended the co. said on Apr 8. 
                              Traders said CDU, reformer, coker 
                              turnaround was well under way 
                              on Mar 9; published reports said 
                              the work started in mid-Feb. 
Tesoro   West Coast    N/A    Q4 2011 maintenance at West 
                              Coast refineries delayed until 
                              2012. Further details not pro 

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