Refinery Status: Sulfur Unit Trips At HollyFrontier Refinery in El Dorado, Kansas

Date : 06/19/2012 @ 6:06PM
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Refinery Status: Sulfur Unit Trips At HollyFrontier Refinery in El Dorado, Kansas

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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.

A sulfur unit tripped on June 18 at the 139,000 barrel-a-day HollyFrontier refinery in El Dorado, Kansas, according to a notice from the National Response Center. The duraton of the hydrogen sulfide release was about one hour.

A power loss took place at Phillips 66, 260,000 barrel-a-day Westlake, LA., refinery late June 16, according to the National Response Center. The power outage was of short duration and an affected unit was restarted.

An emissions even took place June 15, at Phillips 66, 105,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Ferndale, Wa., according to the National Response Center. The duration of the even was one hour and nor firm indications were forthcoming regarding the effect on any refinery units.

A planned flaring event is scheduled to take place at BP's 264,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Carson, Cazlif., from June 18 throu;gh June 25, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. No firm indication was givine as to Ehich units will be affected.

Citgo on June 12 said planned turnaround maintenance at unspecified process units at its Lemont, Illinois, refinery had been completed. The work began at the end of April and traders doing business in the region said a crude unit was one of the units slated work.

Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) on June 12 said the leak in an LPG line leading to a hydrocracker unit at its Corpus Christi, Texas, refinery had been repaired. The leak was discovered the day before and the hydrocracker continued to operate during the work, the company said.

An FCCU at Valero's Port Arthur, Texas, refinery continues to operate at a slightly reduced rate while work continues to repair associated blowers, the company said on June 12.

The smallest of three crude distillation units at BP PLC's (BP, BP.LN) Whiting, Indiana, refinery was restarted over the weekend, a source familiar with the plant said on June 11. It was taken out of service for unplanned work around June 1.

Delek US Holdings (DK) on June 11 said a malfunction at sulfur recovery unit 1 at its Tyler, Texas, refinery caused a brief period of emissions, according to a report to environmental regulators.

Motiva Enterprises'(RDSA, RDSB) newly-commissioned 325,000-barrels-a-day crude unit at it's Port Arthur, Texas, was taken out of service over the weekend for weeks, if not months, of repairs, a source familiar with operations at the plant said on June 11. The unit was commissioned into service on May 31 and shut on June 4 to repair leaking valves, the same source said at that time.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) on June 9 reported planned flaring at its Torrance, Calif., refinery to Calif. state regulators. The company on June 4 said several units, including a coker, pretreater and hydrogen unit, were scheduled for several weeks of planned maintenance and that flaring could be visible between June 4 and 13.

Shell Oil Co. (RDSA, RDSB) on June 8 reported flaring and a release of sulfur dioxide at its San Francisco-area refinery in Martinez, Calif. The cause wasn't known and no other details were provided in a filing to Calif. state regulators.

Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) on June 8 told Dow Jones Newswires that planned maintenance was under way at a number of operating units at its refinery in Robinson, Ill. No other details were provided.

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 MIDWEST GULF COAST BP Texas City, 475.0 FCCU No. 3 restarted on June 5 June 5

   TX                   after shutting down unplanned 

during the restart process on

May 24. The unit was returning

   from 5 months of maintenance.    Citgo    Corpus        165.0  Amine system upset on June 8 
   Christi, TX          caused SRU trains to shut down. 
   No other details provided -Filing    Delek    Tyler, TX      62.0  Malfunction at SRU 1 on Jun 11 

reported to regulators. Impact

to operations unclear.

Coker unit compressor upset

resulted in emissions at

FCCU flare on June 8 - filing.

   Status of operations unclear.    Motiva   Port Arthur   600.0  Newly commissioned 325,000-b/d 
   TX                   CDU was shut by a small fire 

over the Jun 9-10 weekend. Re-

pairs will take several weeks.

The unit was restarting following

a Jun 4 shutdown to repair leak-

ing valves. The unit was commis-

   sioned on May 31.    Valero   Corpus        325.0  Leak in LPG line to hydrocrack-    Jun 12 
   Christi, TX          ing unit repaired, the co. said 

on Jun 12. It was discovered the

day before and the HDC continued

   to operate during the repair work.    Valero   Port Arthur   310.0  FCCU operating at slightly re- 
   TX                   duced rate since June 8 to re- 

pair blowers, the co. said on

   Jun 12.      MIDWEST    BP       Whiting, IN   405.0  The smallest of 3 CDUs was re- 

started over the weekend, a

familiar with the plant said on

Jun 11. It was shut for unplan-

   ned work around Jun 1.    ROCKIES    Suncor   Commerce      94.0   FCCU down because of problem 
   City, CO.            with compressor. No restart date 

given. WEST COAST Phillips Rodeo, CA 76.0 Recent maintenance has been 66 concluded the co. said on June

5. Flaring due to restart of

unspecified unit was reported

on May 31. 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 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 Flint Corpus 300.0 Coker unit maintenance combined Hills Christi TX with hydrocracker unit restart

to cause emissions and flaring

on May 12. 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  Planned turnaround maintenance 

at unspecified units completed

the co. said on June 12. The

turnaround began at the end of

   April.    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

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

Jun 8-11; 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. Exxon Torrance 155.0 Several units will be shut for Mobil CA planned maintenance, including

hydrogen, coker and pretreater

starting June 4. Work will take

several weeks to complete, the

   co. said on June 4.    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- 
   CA                   two weeks of maintenance, traders      13 
   said on May 2.    Tesoro   Wilmington     97.0  Planned maintenance underway at 
   CA                   unspecified units, the co. said 

on June 6. No restart estimate.




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