Refinery Status: ExxonMobil Hydrocracker In Restart Mode At Torrance, Calif., Refinery

Date : 11/13/2012 @ 12:07PM
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Refinery Status: ExxonMobil Hydrocracker In Restart Mode At Torrance, Calif., Refinery

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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 hydrocracker at ExxonMobil's 152,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Torrance, Calif., is in restart mode after being taken offline on Nov. 3, for repairs, according to traders and marketers doing business with the company. ExxonMobil wouldn't comment on the restart.

An unplanned emission event took place the morning of Nov. 9, at the 250,000 barrel-a-day Motiva refinery in St. Charles, La, due to blocked valves, according to the U.S. National Response Center. It wasn't known which unit was affected.

An unplanned flaring event and unspecified unit shut down took place on Nov. 9, at Tesoro Corp's 165,000 barrel-a-day Martinez, Calif., refinery due to a vapor leak, according to a local government filing. No product shortages were evident, according to Tesoro spokeswoman Tina Barbee.

A refining unit was upset on Nov. 8 at the 362,000 barrel-a-day Wood River, Illinois, refinery owned and operated by Phillips66/Cenovus, according to a local government agency. It wasn't known which unit was affected.

An unplanned flaring event took place on Nov. 8 and 9 at the Air Products hydrogen plant in Carson, Calif., according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. It was the second unplanned event at the facility during the week.

A coker has been restarted at Tesoro's 166,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Martinez, Calif., according to a Oct 31, filing with the Contra Costa County Health Department Hazardous Materials Department. The unit had been down since Oct. 21, according to traders doing business with the company, but calls to Tesoro weren't returned.

Phillips 66 (PSX) on Nov. 7 said planned flaring would take place at its 140,000 barrel-a-day Carson, Calif., refinery between Nov. 10-23. The flaring isn't associated with equipment breakdown, the filing to government regulators said.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) said on Nov. 7 it plans to restart a flexicoker unit, shut since Sept. 11 to repair a heat exchanger, at its Baytown, Texas, refinery in a few weeks. An exact restart timing isn't yet available. The company originally said the maintenance would take several weeks to be completed.

Valero Energy (VLO) on Nov. 7 said a restart estimate for the return to service of an FCCU its 293,000 barrel-a-day Port Arthur, Texas, wasn't yet available. The unit shut unplanned following a pump fire on Nov. 3.

CVR Energy (CVI) on Nov. 7 said turnaround work at its Wynnewood, Okla., refinery has been extended by five to 10 days to 50-55 days, from Sept 29 when a blast occurred. One worker died in that explosion.

Hess Corp. on Nov. 6 said a restart estimate for the restart of its 70,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Port Reading, N.J., isn't available. Damage assessment can't be completed until full commercial power is restored; partial power was restored earlier in the week. The plant was shut in advance of Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29.

Alon USA Energy (ALJ) on Nov. 6 said it is suspending operations at its California refineries because of low demand for the asphalt produced there and the high cost of West Coast crudes. The company awaits permits to bring in lighter crude varieties from the mid-continent region and to build infrastructure, which should be done by the fourth quarter of 2013.

Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) on Nov. 6 said it had restarted its newly expanded 120,000-barrel-a-day refinery in Detroit, finishing a project to increase greatly the amount of Canadian crude oil the refinery processes. Most all other units had also been brought back online and are producing finished products.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) on Nov. 6 said flaring on Nov. 5 reported to government regulators by its Joliet Refinery in Channahon, Ill., was caused by equipment malfunction. No other details were provided.

Motiva (RDSA, RDSB) on Nov. 6 said its 325,000 barrels-a-day refinery expansion project is on track for "early next year" completion. The refinery's new CDU unit was idled for repairs mere days after being commissioned in May and is still undergoing repairs.

PBF Energy on Nov. 5 said emissions took place at its 180,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Paulsboro, NJ, according to state regulators. The event was caused by the malfunction of an analyzer.

BP PLC (BP BP.LN) on Nov. 4 said an ultracracker was taken out of service its 475,000 barrel-a-day Texas City, Tx., refinery on the back of a malfunction that caused an emissions release, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Valero Energy (VLO) on Nov. 4 said a flaring event took place at its 160,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Houston, Texas, due to ongoing planned maintenance at an FCCU, a filing to the Texas Commmission on Environmental Quality said.

Alon USA Energy (ALJ) on Nov. 2 said work on a crude unit boiler and a fluid catalytic cracking unit at its 69,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Big Spring, Texas, created an emissions event on Nov. 2 a filing government regulators said.. It wasn't known when the work would be completed.

Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES, CG) on Nov. 2 said its 330,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Philadelphia was operating normally though at modestly reduced throughputs due to delayed seaborne crude shipments.

PBF Energy Inc. on Nov. 2 said its East Coast refineries in Delaware and New Jersey are operating at normal rates after having been reduced ahead of Hurricane Sandy as a precaution.

BP Plc. (BP.LN) said Oct. 31 that it is about to start a major project at its refinery in Whiting, Ind. that will temporarily halve output at the 405,000 barrel-a-day plant. The largest of three crude units will be shut for replacement. The work will conclude in the second-half of 2013, as previously announced.

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

Operator   Refinery    Capacity   Description                   Restart 
                       (in 000s 
Hess     Port Reading   70.0  Restart estimate not available 
         N.J.                 until full restoration of commer- 
                              power, the co. said on Nov. 6. 
                              It was shut down Oct. 29 in ad- 
                              vance of Hurricane Sandy. 
Phila-   Philadelphia  330.0  Refinery operating at slightly 
delphia  PA                   reduced rate because of delays 
Energy                        in waterborne crude shipments 
                              in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, 
                              the co. said on Nov. 2. 
Phillips  Linden, NJ   238.0  Refinery restart will take 2-3     Nov 19-26 
66                            wks more, the co. said on Nov. 5. 
                              It was shuttered on Oct. 29 ahead 
                              of Hurricane Sandy. 
PBF       Paulsboro    180.0  Back at normal rates the co. said 
          NJ/ Dela-           on Nov. 1. Throughput rates were 
          ware City DE 190.0  reduced ahead of Hurricane Sandy. 
Monroe    Trainer      185.0  Operated at normal rate throughout 
Energy    PA                  Hurricane Sandy. Not affected by 
                              storm, the co. said on Oct. 31. 
Alon    Big Spring, TX  69.0  Crude unit boiler and FCCU mainte- 
                              nance results in flaring on Nov. 2, 
                              a TCEQ filing said. No estimate on 
                              the completion of the work. 
BP       Texas City    400.8  Ultracracker restarted Nov. 6      Nov.6 
         TX                   after shutting unplanned on Nov. 
Citgo    Corpus        133.0 
         Christi, TX 
         Lake Charles  427.8  Leak in ultra low sulfur diesel 
         LA                   unit caused flaring Oct. 22. Unit 
                              was being secured for repairs, 
                              according to filing. 
Exxon    Baytown, TX   584.0  Flexicoker shut Sep 11 for leak 
Mobil                         repair seen restarting in a few 
                              wks, the co. said on Nov. 7. Exact 
                              restart date not available. 
Motiva   Convent, LA   235.0  Impact assessment continues after 
                              brief fire at CDU on Oct 1. No 
                              other process units affected, the 
                              co. said. 
Motiva   Port Arthur   600.0  Newly commissioned CDU restart on   1Q 2013 
                              track for early 2013, the co. said 
                              on Nov. 6. The 325k-b/d unit was 
                              shut for extensive repair owing 
                              to corrosion issues in May. 
Phillips Westlake, LA  239.4 
CVR      Wynnewood,     70.0  Turnaround work extended by 5-10 
Energy   OK                   days to 50-55 after Sep 29 boiler. 
                              explosion. No other process units 
                              or area of the plant was affected 
                              by the blast. 
Exxon    Channahon     238.6  Equipment malfunction on Nov. 5 
         IL                   resulted in flaring, the co. said 
                              on Nov. 6. No further details pro- 
Citgo   Lemont, IL     167.0 
Chevron  Richmond,     245.0  CDU No. 4 will remain shuttered    1Q 2013 
         CA                   through 4Q 2012. It was shut due 
                              to a fire on Aug. 6. Most other 
                              process units continue to operate, 
                              although gasoline production was 

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                              reduced by an unspecified amount, 
                              a Sep 12 DJ report said. The CDU 
                              will restart during 1Q 2013, the 
                              co. said on Oct. 9, 2012. 
Exxon    Torrance,     155.0  Hydrocracker back in service after 
Mobil    CA                   on Nov. 12 after being taken out of 

on Nov. 3.

Phillips Carson, CA    140.0 
Phillips Rodeo          80.0 
Philips  Wilmington    139.0 
66       CA 
Tesoro   Martinez      166.0 
Husky    Saskatchewan         Major turnaround to take place     Spring 
Refinery                      in spring of 2013. Plant-wide      2013 
                              shutdown is planned for inspection 
                              and equipment repairs. 
Valero   Aruba                Refinery will be converted to a 
                              terminal while the co. continues 
                              to seek a buyer, the co. said on 
                              Sep 4, 2012. 
Sunoco   Marcus Hook   190.0  Plant shuttered in Dec. 2011 due 
                              to poor refining economics will 
                              be reopened to process Marcellus 
                              shale the co. said on Nov. 8. 
Citgo    Corpus        165.0 
         Christi, TX 
Exxon   Chalmette,     192.5  Planned turnaround ongoing at 
        LA                    unspecified units a co. spokes- 
                              man said on Oct. 26. 
Phillips Borger, TX    146.0  FCCU 40 shut Sep 24 for just       Oct 29 
66                            over one month of maintenance;        & 
                              FCCU 29 will shut Oct 21 for       Nov 20 
                              one month, a TCEQ filing said. 
                              Company said Oct. 31 that normal 
                              operations should resume in November. 
Valero   Corpus Christi 200.0 FCC will be shut for six weeks of  January, 2013 
                              turnaround maintenance starting 
                              in January, the company said 
                              Oct. 30, 2012. 
Valero   Houston, TX   160.0  FCCU shut for eight weeks of      Nov 20 
                              turnaround maintenance, the co. 
                              said on Sept. 21, 2012. 
Valero   Sunray   TX   170.0  FCCU, No. 2 sulfur recovery       Oct. 24 
McKee                         unit, No. 1 reformer taken 
                              offline for maintenance on 
                              Oct. 15, 2012. 
                              Four weeks of work on the crude    March, 2013 
                              unit to begin in March, 2013, the 
                              co. said on Oct. 30. 
Valero   Norco, LA     185.0  Hydrocracker project will          2013 
                              finish in first quarter of 2013 
                              and commence operating in the 
                              second quarter, company said 
                              on Oct. 10, 2012. 
                              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 
Valero   Texas City,   225.0  FCCU maintenance for 8 weeks       March 
         TX                   will begin in January 2013         2013 
                              co. said on Oct. 30, 2012. 
BP       Whiting, IN   336.0  Largest of 3 CDUs will soon shut   2nd Half 
                              for replacement the co. said on    2013 
                              Oct. 31 as part of major expan- 
                              sion project. Completion on track 
                              for 2nd-half 2013. 
CVR      Wynnewood      54.0  Turnaround work extended by 5-10 
Energy   OK                   days to 50-55 days the co. said 
                              on Nov. 7. Work resumed Sep 30 
                              after Sep 29 boiler explosion. 
                              No other units affected by blast. 
                              The work got under way in Q3 2012. 
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. 
Holly    El Dorado     139.0  Coker unit undergoing maintenance 
Frontier KS                   until further notice, traders said 
                              on Sep 14. No significant impact 
                              to production is expected. 
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, 2012. 
                              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. 
Marathon Detroit, MI   120.0  Project to expand Canadian crude 
                              processing completed; refinery re- 
                              started, the co. said on Nov. 6. 
Phillips Roxana, IL    305.0  Distilling unit shutdown caused    Nov. 
                              flaring on Oct. 23. The co. said   2012 
                              during Oct. 31 earnings call that 
                              normal operations should resume 
                              in Nov. 
Phillips Carson, CA    140.0  Planned flaring to take place 
66                            Nov. 10-13; not associated with 
                              equipment breakdown, a Nov. 7 
                              filing to regulators said. 
Phillips Rodeo, CA      80.0 
Shell    Martinez      157.0  Coking unit restarted, the co. 
         CA                   said on Nov. 1 after two months 
                              planned maintenance. 
Tesoro   Martinez      166.0  Coking unit restarted, the co. 
         CA                   said on Oct. 31 after three weeks 
                              of maintenance 
Tesoro   Anacortes, WA 120.0  Unspecified units shut for main- 
                              tenance on Oct. 12, including 
                              a boiler. No restart date given. 
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