Refinery Status: Sunoco Crude Unit To Reach Planned Rate By Weekend

Date : 05/17/2012 @ 11:31AM
Source : Dow Jones News
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Refinery Status: Sunoco Crude Unit To Reach Planned Rate By Weekend

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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.

Sunoco Inc.'s (SUN) Philadelphia refinery (Girard Point) crude unit shut by a brief fire on May 9 is expected to reach planned rate by May 19, a person familiar with the plant said on May 14.

The process of restarting BP's (BP) Cherry Point refinery in Ferndale, Wash., is expected to conclude by the end of May, a person familiar with operations at the plant said Wednesday. The plant was shut on Feb. 17 when a fire damaged the crude unit. Maintenance was performed at other unspecified units.

Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) on May 16 said a small fire at its Corpus Christi, Texas, refinery didn't affect production. The noon time fire occurred at a butamer unit that was shut for planned maintenance.

Valero Energy Corp. on May 16 said the alkylation unit and FCCU at its Meraux, La., refinery are in restart and will be operating at normal rates by June 1. The units had been down since January as part of planned maintenance turnaround.

Valero Energy Corp. on May 16 said a brief power outage at its Memphis, Tennessee, on May 14 resulted in flaring, but had no material impact to production.

Valero Energy Corp. on May 15 reported compressor problems at its Houston and Port Arthur, Texas, refineries. Neither plant experienced any material impact to production, the company said on May 16.

BP PLC on May 15 said planned flaring could occur at its Carson, Calif., refinery through May 21; the flaring isn't associated with equipment breakdown, a filing to environmental regulators said.

Delek US Holdings, Inc. (DK) on May 15 its Tyler, Texas, refinery is expected to average between 45,000 and 50,000 barrels-a-day, down from 62,000 b/d, while repairs continue at the plant's FCCU. The unit was shut May 10 after a May 7 restart attempt failed.

Also on May 15, Delek said its El Dorado, Arkansas, refinery has been operating at reduced rates since May 1 due to the temporary suspension of crude oil deliveries from its supplier Exxon Mobil. The company has secured additional feedstocks that should allow the refinery to average total throughput of at least 60,000 barrels a day during May and June, which is down from its boiler-plate capacity of 70,000 barrels a day.

Pasadena Refining Systems Inc. on May 15 said all process units at its oil refinery in Pasadena, Texas, are operating and producing at normal rates. This includes the key gasoline-making fluid catalytic cracking unit, or FCCU, that was shut May 12 when a loss of power caused two steam-producing boilers to go off line.

Traders doing business with Chevron Corp. (CVX) on May 14 said the May 12 planned unit shutdown at Chevron's Richmond, Calif., refinery involves the FCCU and hydrotreater unit. Maintenance is expected to last for two weeks, they said. Chevron on May 12 notified California state environmental regulators of possible emissions during the unit shutdown.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) on May 14 said work is progressing to restart the compressor that malfunctioned last week at its oil refinery in Beaumont, Texas. The compressor snag occurred at the same coker unit recently restarted after several weeks of turnaround maintenance; it had reached normal operating rates on May 10, the company said at that time.

Separately, on May 14, Exxon Mobil said a hydrocracker unit taken off line on May 10 at its Beaumont, Texas, refinery is returning to normal operations following repairs to its recycle compressor.

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 
 
Sunoco   Philadelphia  330.0  Girard Point crude unit seen       May 19 
         PA                   at planned rate by May 19; it 
                              was shut by May 9 fire. 
 
MIDWEST 
 
Delek    El Dorado      70.0  Rates reduced by 10K b/d due 
                              crude oil delivery suspension 
                              by Exxon Mobil. Additional 
                              supply has been secured, the 
                              co. said on May 15. 
 
Valero   Memphis, TN   195.0  Brief power outage on May 15 
                              had no material impact to 
                              production, the co. said on 
                              May 16. 
 
GULF COAST 
 
Delek    Tyler, TX      62.0  Rates reduced to 45k-50K b/d 
                              until end-May while repairs 
                              continue at FCCU shut by May 
                              7 power failure, the co.said 
                              on May 15. 
 
 
Exxon    Beaumont      345.0  Work to restart coker unit 
Mobil    TX                   compressor continues, the co. 
                              said on May 14. 
 
                              Hydrocracker unit shut on May      May 14 
                              10 is returning to normal ops, 
                              the co. said on May 14. 
 
Motiva   Port Arthur   600.0  Brief fire on May 12 shuts lube 
         TX                   hydrocracking unit- filing. 
 
Pasadena Pasadena TX   100.0  All process units operating and    May 15 
Refining                      producing, the co. said on May 
                              15. This includes the FCCU shut 
                              on May 12 loss when boilers shut 
                              on a power interruption. 
 
                              Work to rebuild coker unit 
                              damaged in Dec. 2011 fire will 
                              begin, the co. said on May 4. 
 
Phillips Sweeny TX     247.0  Efforts to resume normal rates 
66                            continue following power out- 
                              age earlier in the day, the co. 
                              on May 12- filing. 
 
Valero   Corpus        310.0  Small flange fire at butamer 
         Christi TX           unit that was shut for mainte- 
                              nance had no affect on pro- 
                              duction, the co. said on May 16. 
 
Valero   Port Arthur   310.0  Wet gas compressor at coker 
         TX                   unit tripped on May 15; no 
                              material impact to production 
                              the co. said on May 16. 
 
MIDWEST 
 
ROCKIES 
 
WEST COAST 
 
BP       Ferndale,     230.0   Restart process expected to 
         WA                    conclude by the end of May. 
                               The refinery shut on Feb 17 
                               due to crude unit fire. 
 
 
PLANNED 
 
CANADA 
 
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. 
 
CARIBBEAN 
 
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. 
 
 
EAST COAST 
 
Phillips Trainer, PA   185.0  Delta Airlines buys refinery 
66                            on April 30, 2012. 
                              Operations were idled on Sept. 
                              30, 2011 for economic reasons. 
 
PBF      Delaware City 190.0  Planned work currently under way 
Energy   DE                   the co. said on May 7. Scope and 
                              duration not disclosed. 
 
Sunoco   Philadelphia  335.0  Energy Partners buys Sunoco Inc.; 
         PA                   deal to close 4Q 2012. 
 
Sunoco   Marcus Hook   190.0  Marcus Hook shut Dec. 1 ahead of 
                              schedule due to poor refining econo- 
                              economics. 
 
GULF COAST 
 
BP       Texas City    406.6  FCCU No. 3 and Alkylation unit     N/A 
         TX                   down for routine maintenance that 
                              began around Jan. 5 continues, a 
                              person familiar with the refinery 
                              said on May 11. Restart estimate 
                              not available. 
 
Flint    Corpus        300.0  Coker unit maintenance combined 
Hills    Christi TX           with hydrocracker unit restart 
                              to cause emissions and flaring 
                              on May 12. 
 
Exxon    Beaumont     345.0   Crude Unit B, Coker Unit and       May 11 
Mobil    TX                   associated units at normal rates   2012 
                              following turnaround maintenance 
                              that started on Apr 1, the co. 
                              said on May 11. 
 
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. 
 
Phillips Belle Chasse  247.0  Refinery up for sale a 
66       LA                   Nov. 29 Bloomberg News 
                              report said. 
 
Valero   McKee    TX   170.0  FCCU in restart after turnaround   May 11 
                              that began on Mar 31 the co. said 
                              on May 11. 
 
                              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  Co. on May 16 said the alky and    June 1 
                              FCCU shut Jan 2 for turnaround 
                              are restarting and at normal rates 
                              by June 1. 
 
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 
 
Citgo    Lemont, IL    167.0  Equipment failure and emissions 
                              reported on May 10. Unclear if 
                              event is associated with planned 
                              maintenance currently under way. 
 
                              Portion of refinery shut for       May 29 
                              30 days of planned maintenance, 
                              on Apr 29 the co. said. No 
                              details provided. 
 
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, 
                              2012. 
 
                              45-days of major turnaround        2014 
                              scheduled 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-   mid-2012 
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. 
 
ROCKIES 
 
WEST COAST 
 
Alon     Bakersfield    14.5  Hydrocraker Unit to restart        Mid-May 
         CA                   mid-May traders said on May 4. 
 
BP       Carson, CA    265.0  Planned flaring may occur 
                              May 15-21; not associated with 
                              equipment breakdown- filing. 
 
Chevron  Richmond      246.0  Source on May 14 said units in-    May 28 
         CA                   volved in May 12 planned shutdown 
                              include FCCU and hydrotreater. 
                              Work to last for two weeks. 
 
Shell    Martinez      156.4  Scheduled work (unspecified) 
         CA                   is underway, the co. said on 
                              Apr 27. Traders said crude and 
                              coker unit involved; end date 
                              not provided. 
 
Tesoro   Martinez      166.0  Hydrocracker has been shut for     May 11- 
                              two weeks of maintenance, traders      13 
                              said on May 2. 
 



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