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US Refinery Status: BP Shuts Cherry Point Refinery Until April

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. BP PLC (BP, BP.LN) said Feb. 29 it will idle operations at its Cherry Point refinery in Ferndale, Wash., through April as the company performs maintenance in the aftermath of a Feb. 17 fire at the plant. HollyFrontier (HFC) said Feb. 28 that first-quarter crude rates at its Artesia, N.M., refinery as it performs maintenance on hydrotreaters. The company will also perform a turnaround at the alkylation unit at its 135,000 barrel-a-day refinery in El Dorado, Kan., during the first quarter. Chevron Corp. (CVX) reported "low feed rates" and "unstability" Feb. 27 at its refinery in Richmond, Calif., according to a government document made public the following day. A Chevron spokesman declined to comment except that supply to customers was not interrupted. Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) reported a planned unit startup and "an unexpected trip" at its refiery in Benicia, Calif., according to a government filing made public Feb. 24. The events occurred on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23, according to Valero's filing with the California Emergency Management Agency. Tesoro Cop. (TSO) returned its 58,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Salt Lake City, Utah, to normal operating rates after a small fire early Feb. 17 resulted in the shut down of a crude unit. Hovensa L.L.C. on Feb. 21 said the shutdown of its 350,000-barrel-a-day refinery on the US Virgin Island of St. Croix had been completed. The complex will be operated as an oil storage terminal going forward. Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) said Feb. 21 that the coker and crude distillation units at its refinery in Wilmington, Calif., were at planned operating rates after coming down for maintenance in mid-January. Other units at the 135,000 barrel-a-day refinery were at various stages of the restart process, Valero spokesman said. ConocoPhillips (COP) reported a plant upset Feb. 17 at its 240,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Westlake, La., according to a government filing. A company spokesman declined comment. A platformer/reformer at North Atlantic Refining's 115,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Come By Chance, Newfoundland, Canada, has been returned to service after coming off line on Feb. 8, due to a brief fire, according to company spokeswoman Gloria Slade. Alon USA's 67,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Big Spring, Texas, suffered another cooling tower leak on Feb. 14, resulting in the shutdown of the aromex unit until further notice, according to the Texas Commission On Environmental Quality. ConocoPhillips (COP) is planning maintenance at it's 120,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Rodeo, Calif., according to the California Hazardous Materials Spill Report. The shutdown of the hydrogen unit was effective Feb. 16, and will last for approximately five weeks, according to local regulators. A fluid catalytic cracker at Motiva's 325,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, was restarted on Feb. 16 and should be in full production within seven days, according to a filing to the Texas State environmental regulators. The unit experienced a power disruption on Feb. 8. A key gasoline producing unit was taken off line on a planned basis at ExxonMobil's 345,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Beaumont, Texas, on Feb. 15, according to company spokeswoman Kathleen Jackson. Some impact to production will be evident, Jackson said. Extensive planned maintenance on a crude unit, fluid catalytic cracker, and reformer still continues at Tesoro's 165,000 barrel-a-day refinery in the San Francico Bay Area after 45 days of work. Traders and marketers familiar with the facility on Feb. 16 said they believe work will be completed in short order, but Tesoro wouldn't comment. 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 Hydrotreater shut Dec 15 for PA maintenance; restart timing not known. Traders say unit remains shuttered on Jan 10. Hess Port Reading, 70.0 FCCU at planned rates on Feb. 19 NJ after maintenance. GULF COAST Flint Corpus 300.0 Alkylation unit shut on Feb 1 Hills Christi, TX to facilitate repair at asso- ciated tower. It will restart as soon as possible. Motiva Port Arthur 600.0 Partial power failure on Feb 7 impacted operations at FCCU, Alkylation Unit, hydrocracking unit -filing. Pasadena Pasadena TX 100.0 Coker unit damanged by Dec 10 N/A 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. MIDWEST ROCKIES WEST COAST Tesoro Anacortes 120.0 An unspecified unit, or units, WA are in the process of restart- ing on Feb 3 after shutting briefly the day before. BP Ferndale, Refinery idled after Feb. 17 WA fire at crude unit. 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 co. said on Feb. 21. The facility Feb. 21 will be operated as a products storage terminal. Valero Aruba 235.0 Crude throughput rates cut by an unspecified amount for the past several weeks due to economics co. said on Jan 9. EAST COAST Conoco Trainer, PA 185.0 Crude processing halted; operations winding down, the company said on Sept. 30. The refinery will be shuttered in six months 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. GULF COAST BP Texas City 406.6 FCCU and Alkylation unit routine TX maintenance that began earlier in Jan continues, a person familiar with the refinery said on Feb 8. Restart estimate not available. Citgo Corpus 157.0 East Plant crude unit turnaround Jan 31 Christi, TX concluded; plant back at normal rates, to Co. said on Jan 31. The maintenance got under way on Jan 10. Conoco Belle Chasse 247.0 Refinery up for sale a Phillips LA Nov. 29 Bloomberg News report said. Conoco Westlake, LA 239.4 Planned maintenance currently Phillips under way at unspecified unit(s) the co. said on Jan 10; no other details provided. 2012 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. 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 set for March, 2012, the co. said 1/31. 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 the co. said on Jan 9. 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 Ten weeks of work planned for mid-April the crude and coker units start- 2012 ing Feb. 2012, 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. MIDWEST 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, 2012. 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. ROCKIES Sinclair Sinclair, WY 80.0 Long-term upgrade project com- Jan pleted, the Co. said on Jan 25. 2012 Throughput increased to 80K-b/d, coker unit and sulfur plant added and hydrocracker rate increased. WEST COAST 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 flaring extended through Feb 7; a Jan 30 filing to regula- tors said. A previous filing said the flaring began on Jan 23. Conoco Carson, CA 139.0 Maintenance work under way at Wilmington Carson plant, the Co. said on Jan 27; no details were pro- vided. Tesoro West Coast N/A Q4 2011 maintenance at West Coast refineries delayed until 2012. Further details not pro vided. Valero Wilmington, 150.0 CDU and coker at planned rates as of Feb. 21. Other units to follow.

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