Refinery Status: Chevron Shuts Richmond, Calif. CDU After Fire

Date : 08/07/2012 @ 10:55AM
Source : Dow Jones News
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Refinery Status: Chevron Shuts Richmond, Calif. CDU After Fire

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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 fire that broke out at around 6:15 p.m. PDT on Aug 6 at Chevron Corp.'s (CVX) crude distillation unit No. 4 is out and the unit is shut. The company declined to comment on the status of operations at other parts of the plant.

PBF Energy said equipment malfunction on Aug. 6 at its Delaware City refinery in Delaware caused an emissions release of sulfur dioxide. No further information was provided in the filing to environmental regulators.

Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) on Aug. 6 said its Benicia, Calif., refinery FCCU is on track to reach normal rate by mid-August. The unit began the process of restarting on Aug. 6; it was shut on July 26 for unplanned repair to an associated compressor.

BP PLC (BP) on Aug. 2 reported a planned flare event not associated with equipment breakdown at its Carson refinery in Calif. Flaring could begin on Aug. 4 and continue through Aug. 20, a filing to regulators said.

A diesel hydrotreater at HollyFrontier Corp's (HEP) Tulsa East refinery in Oklahoma was shut on Aug. 2 after an early morning fire. The company is in the process of assessing the damage and impact to operations. The Tulsa West facility was not affected by the fire, a spokeswoman said.

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

Operator   Refinery    Capacity   Description                   Restart 
                       (in 000s 
PBF      Delaware      190.0  Equipment malfunction on Aug. 
Energy   DE                   6 caused emissions; no further 
                              details available. 
Sunoco   Phila. PA     330.0  868 FCCU in restart on July 31, 
                              a person familiar with ops at 
                              the plant said. Not clear if 869 
                              Alkylation unit will restart. 
                              Both were shut for repair on 
                              July 22/23. 
Holly    Tulsa, OK     125.0  Fire at Tulsa East facility 
Frontier                      shut diesel hydrotreater on 
                              Aug. 2. Damage assessment under 
                              way, the co. said. 
Motiva   Port Arthur   600.0  Newly commissioned 325,000-b/d     Early 
         TX                   CDU was shut by a small fire       2013 
                              over the Jun 9-10 weekend. Re- 
                              start seen in early 2013; lengthy 
                              repairs needed to correct cor- 
                              rosive issue at new equipment. 
Citgo    Lemont, IL    167.0  FCCU seen restarting within the    July 
                              week starting July 29; it was      30- 
                              shut on July 28 for repair, the    Aug 3. 
                              Co. said on July 30. 
                              Refinery operations are being 
                              affected by Enbridge crude oil 
                              pipeline shutdown since July 27, 
                              the Co. said on July 30. 
Valero   Benicia, CA   170.0  FCCU shut on July 26 for un-       Mid- 
Energy                        planned compressor repairs be-     Aug. 
                              gan the process of restarting 
                              on Aug. 6. Planned rate expected 
                              by mid-August, the Co. said. 
Chevron  Richmond,     245.0  CDU No. 4 is shut after Aug 6         CA 
         CA                   fire. The co declined to 
                              comment on the status of other 
                              operations at the refinery. 
                              Compressor failure at unspe- 
                              cified unit resulted in flaring 
                              on Aug 1; a filing said. No 
                              other details were provided in 
                              a filing to regulators. 
Husky    Saskatchewan         Major turnaround to take place     Spring 
Refinery                      in spring of 2013. Plant-wide      2013 
                              shutdown for inspection and 
                              equipment repairs. 
Valero   Aruba                Refinery still up for sale, the 
                              Co. said on July 31, 2012. 
Monroe   Trainer, PA   185.0  Delta Airlines subsidiary buys     Late 
Energy                        refinery in April, plans turn-     Summer 
                              around through summer. Startup     2012 
                              planned in late summer 2012. 
Sunoco   Philadelphia  335.0  Energy Partners buys Sunoco Inc.;  4Q 
         PA                   deal to close 4Q 2012.             2012 
Sunoco   Marcus Hook   190.0  Marcus Hook shut Dec. 1 ahead of 
                              schedule due to poor refining 
Valero   Houston, TX   160.0  Eight weeks of maintenance set     Oct/Nov 
                              to begin in Sept. 2012 at FCCU.    2012 
Valero   McKee    TX   170.0  Expansion project announced 
                              March 2011 to increase crude oil 
                              throughput by 25,000 b/d to 
                              195,000 b/d. 
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-     Late 
         TX                   ceed and be completed in late      2012 
BP       Whiting, IN   336.0  Largest of 3 CDUs will shut in     2nd- 
                              4Q 2012 for expansion project,     Half 
                              the Co. said July 31. Project      2013 
                              completion set 2nd-half 3013. 
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  30-day maintenance will begin      Sept 
Energy                        in Sept. the Co. said on July 24.  2012 
                              Scope of work not disclosed. 
                              15-day maintenance planned at      4Q 
                              diesel hydrotreater; 29-days at    2012 
                              aromatics unit, set for 4Q 2012, 
                              the Co. said 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. 
Tesoro   Mandan, ND     58.0  Total crude-oil processing capa-   2nd Q 
                              city to increase by 17% to         2012 
                              68,000-b/d by 2nd quarter 2012. 
BP PLC   Carson, CA    265.0  Planned flaring event will         Aug 20 
                              start on Aug. 4 through Aug. 20, 
                              the co. said in a filing on Aug. 
                              2. The event isn't due to equip- 
                              ment breakdown. 
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