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.
Phillips 66 (PSX) on Nov. 17 said its 238,000 barrels-per-day Bayway Refinery in Linden, N.J., is expected to resume normal operations by the end of November. The facility was shut as a precaution ahead of Hurricane Sandy.
The Wood River Refinery (PSX CVE) in Roxana, Ill., said the Nov. 16 start up of distilling unit no. 2 resulted in flaring, according to a report to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. The unit was taken out of service on Oct. 23, the company said during its 3rd quarter earnings call. A separate report to the IEMA said several process units were shut unplanned, including a hydrocracking unit, on Nov. 17. No further information was provided.
Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) on Nov. 17 said flaring at its oil refinery in Benicia, Calif., the day before had no material impact to production. The event occurred during brief, routine maintenance at the plant's hydrocracking unit.
PBF Energy's oil refinery in Delaware City, Del., on Nov. 17 experienced a release of sulfur dioxide that resulted in a period of flaring, a report to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said.
Tesoro Corp. (TSO) in a report made public on Nov. 16 notified California's Contra Coast Hazardous Materials Program of its intention to restart an unspecified process unit at its San Francisco-area oil refinery in Martinez, Calif. The filing didn't specify whether the start-up was associated with the Nov. 8 shutdown of an unspecified unit.
Phillips 66 (PSX) notified California's South Coast Air Quality Management District of its plan to flare emissions at its Los Angeles-area refinery in Wilmington between Nov. 22 and Dec. 4. The report said the flaring wasn't due to equipment breakdown; no further details were provided.
Planned maintenance has been completed at Tesoro's 120,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Anacortes, Washington, according to a Nov. 15 company statement. Unspecified units had been down for planned maintenance since Oct. 12.
Refining units are being brought back on line at the 342,000 barrel-a-day Phillips 66 refinery in Wood River, Illinois, according to traders doing business with the company. An unspecified number of units were taken off line late September and more recent issues have affected the restart of units.
A refining unit was "upset" and flaring ensued at Shell Oil Company's 327,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Deep Park, Texas, on Nov. 12, according to the U.S. National Response Center.
A Nov. 14 power outage hit the 255,000 barrel-a-day refinery owned and operated by Motiva, a Shell/Saudi Refining joint venture, in Convent, Louisiana, according to the U.S. National Response Center. An unknown amount of emission resulted, but it wasn't known which unit was affected.
An unplanned flaring event took place on Nov. 14 at Motiva's Norco, St. Charles, Louisiana 250,000 barrel-a-day refinery due to a compressor tripping off line, according to the U.S. National Response Center. The company was attempting to restart the compressor.
Hess Corp. said on Nov. 14 it has begun the process of restarting it's 70,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Port Reading, NJ., and that operations should resume by the end of the week. The refinery was shutdown on Oct. 29, ahead of Hurricane Sandy and was unable to restart because of power issues
Irving Oil said on Nov. 14 it expects it's 300,000 barrel-a-day Saint John refinery in New Brunswick, Canada to be fully operational within the week, following the completion of it's annual maintenance. The annual turnaround got underway in early September.
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Operator Refinery Capacity Description Restart
CANADA Irving Oil 300.0 Company expects refinery to be Nov. 17
fully online within the week
following completion of annual
maintenance under way since early
Hess Port Reading 70.0 Refinery in restart mode and expected Nov. 16
N.J. to be operational by Nov. 16, following
a shut down on Oct. 29 in ad-
vance of Hurricane Sandy.
PBF Delaware 190.0 Faulty relief valve caused emis-
Energy City, DE sions and flaring on Nov. 17, a
filing to state regulators said.
Phillips Linden, NJ 238.0 Refinery to resume normal opera- Nov 26-30
66 tions by month's end, the co.
said on Nov. 17. It was shuttered
on Oct. 29 ahead of Hurricane Sandy.
Citgo 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. No restart
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 Power failure on Nov. 13 shuts
processing units, a NRC filing
Impact assessment continues after
brief fire at CDU on Oct 1. No
other process units affected, the
Motiva Norco, LA 233.5 Operational snag on Nov. 13 re-
sults in flaring.
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.
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-
WRB Roxana, IL 306.0 Distilling Unit No. 2 restarted Nov 16
on Nov. 16 after Oct. 23 shutdown,
a filing to the IEMA said.
On Nov. 17 the company reported
flaring due to several unit shut
downs, including a hydrocracking
unit, a filing to the IEMA said.
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
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 Nov. 12
Mobil CA on Nov. 12 after being taken out
of service on Nov. 3.
Tesoro Martinez 165.0 Advance notice of unspecified
CA unit restart reported to gov-
ernment agency on Nov. 14.
Unspecified unit shut on Nov. 8
to repair small vapor leak -
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.
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
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operations should resume in November.
Valero Corpus Christi 200.0 FCC will be shut for six weeks of Feb/Mar
turnaround maintenance starting 2013
in January, the company said
Oct. 30, 2012.
Valero Houston, TX 160.0 FCCU restarted on Nov. 13 after Nov 13
eight weeks of planned turnaround
Valero Sunray TX 170.0 Four weeks of work on the crude March, 2013
McKee 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
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 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
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 Wilmington 139.0 Flaring may be visible between
66 CA Nov. 22 and Dec. 4; the flaring
event is not due to equipment
breakdown. - filing
Valero Benicia, CA 132.0 Brief, planned, maintenance at sions and flaring on Nov. 16.
hydrocracking unit on Nov. 16
resulted in emissions and flar-
ing but had no material impact
to production, the co. said on
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