DOW JONES NEWSWIRES
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 at Phillips 66 100,000 barrel-a-day Wilmington, Calif., refinery shut down unexpectantly on June 26, causing a flaring event, according to the California Emergency Management Agency hazardous materials spill report. Traders were blaiming this even and recent problems at ExxonMobil's Torrance, Calif., refinery for a 20.0 c/gal spike in spot Los Angeles gasoline prices this week.
A hydrocracker at Flint hills Resources 297,000 barrel-a-day Corpus Christi, Texas, refinery was shut down on June 26 after the discovery of a heat exchanger leak on June 25, according to the U.S. National Response Center.
An unplanned flaring event is taking place on June 26 and June 27 at ExxonMobil's 152,000 barrel-a-day Torrance, Calif., refinery, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The event is in addition to an earlier announcement of a planned event taking place from June 24 throught July 4. Premiums for Los Angeles gasoline have doubled since the unplanned even was announced.
Another emisions event took place on June 25 at Alon USA's 67,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Big Springs, Texas, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Flaring was evident throughout the morning as a result of a plugged system.
A sulfur recovery unit at BP PLC's 405,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Whiting, Ind., was back in service on June 25, following a fire at the facility on June 21, according to traders doing business with the company. Two workers were injured in the fire.
A line leak ws reported on June 25 at the 282,000 barrel-a-day Houston, Texas, refinery owned and operated by Lyondell Basell, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The line has been blocked and the lead stopped.
Monroe Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Airlines, will begin an extensive turnaround at it's 185,000 barrel-a-day Trainer refinery near Philadelphia, on July 4, according to trader's familiar with the plants operation. The recently purchased refinery is expected to be running at normal rates by September.
A flaring event took place on June 23 at Valero Energy Corp.'s 142,000 barrel-a-day Corpus Christi, Texas, refinery, according to the U.S. National Response Center. It wasn't know which unit was being affected.
Motiva's 75,000 barrel-a-day hydrocracker at it's 600,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, has been put into restart mode after being taken out of servce on June 23 due to a chain of malfunctions, according to traders doing business with the company
A planned 10 day flaring event has been scheduled at ExxonMobil's 155,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Torrance, Calif., from June 24 through July 4, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management Districe. The company had scheduled maintenance on a coker, pre-treater and hydrogen unit from June 4, through June 13.
A 78,000 barrel-a-day fluid catalytic cracking unit at Valero's 290,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Port Arthur, Tx., is retuning to planned rates on June 22, after run cuts were enacted on June 10 due to problems with air blowers, according to Valero spokesman Bill Day
A fire was extinguished on June 21 at BP's 405,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Whiting, Indiana, according to trading sources doing business with the company. There wasn't any indication of affected units and the refinery was operaing normally. Two workers were injured.
In additon to the recent shutdown of a 325,000 barrel-a-day crude unit at Motiva Enterprises 600,000 barrel-a-day Port Arthur, Tx., refinery, the company will also be taking a reformer and hydrotreater out of service, according to traders and marketers doing business with the company.
Citgo's 167,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Lemont, Illinois, was affected by an instrument failure, which relased sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere the morning of June 19, according to a filing provided by the US National Response Center. No specific refining unit was mentioned in the NRC filing.
A crude unit was upset on June 19 at the 122,000 barrel-a-day refinery in El Paso, Texas, refinery owned by Western Refinng Inc, according to the Texas Comission On Environmental Quality. The unit was taken out of service for a day due to an interruption in feedstock supply and a flaring event was seen for 14 hours.
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 duration 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 on June 16, according to the National Response Center. The power outage was of short duration and an affected unit was restarted.
An emissions event took place on 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 only one hour and no firm indications were forthcomng regarding the effect on any refinery units.
A planned flaring event is scheduled to take place at BP's 265,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Carson, Calif., from June 18 through June 25, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. No firm indication was given as to shich 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
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
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.
Suncor Commerce 94.0 FCCU down because of problem
City, CO. with compressor. No restart date
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.
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
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-
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
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
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
Valero Port Arthur 325.0 Hydrocracker project will pro- 2012
TX ceed and be completed in late
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
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
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.
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
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.