Refinery Status: No Production Impact From Malfunction at Valero's Wilmington Refinery

Date : 12/11/2012 @ 11:15AM
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Refinery Status: No Production Impact From Malfunction at Valero's Wilmington 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.

Valero Energy Corp. reported a mechanical problem at its Wilmington, Calif. refinery resulted in flaring Dec. 9, but said production was not affected.

Valero Energy Corp. reported an upset at its Port Arthur, Texas refinery Dec. 9, but said there was no material impact to production.

A Phillips 66 (PSX) spokesman said Dec. 10 that recent planned maintenance at the 146,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Borger, Texas had been completed. The company said Dec. 7 that it was shutting down its Unit 29 fluid catalytic cracking unit at its 146,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Borger, Texas. Phillips 66 said it would conduct work on Unit 29 after finishing working on FCCU No. 40, which is now believed to be back online.

Alon USA Energy Inc. (ALJ) reported an upset in the fluid catalytic cracker of its Big Spring, Texas refinery on Dec. 9, according to a report filed with state regulators.

Phillips 66 (PSX) reported in government filings that a compressor seal failed on a cracker unit at its Wood River refinery in Roxana, Ill. on Dec. 8 leading to the release of hydrogen sulfide. A company spokesman declined to comment.

Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) reported flaring associated with starting up the hydrocracker at its Port Arthur, Texas refinery Dec. 7. A company spokesman said the unit will be operational by the end of the month.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) reported in a government filing Dec. 8 that an over pressuring incident at its Baton Rouge refinery resulted in flaring there. The refinery has a capacity of 502,500 barrels a day.

BP PLC (BP, BP.LN) was planning maintenance at its 235,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Carson, Calif., a person familiar with the refinery said Dec. 7. The work on unspecified units would result in four days of flaring starting Dec. 9.

Motiva Enterprises LLC (RDSA, RSDA.LN) on Dec. 7 was in the restart process at its 325,000 barrel-a-day refinery expansion in Port Arthur, Texas, a source said. The refinery expansion, which had broke down days after its June start-up, should be at planned operating rates by the following week, the source said.

Phillips 66 (PSX) said Dec. 7 that it was shutting down its Unit 29 fluid catalytic cracking unit at its 146,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Borger, Texas. Phillips 66 said it would conduct work on Unit 29 after finishing working on FCCU No. 40, which is now believed to be back online.

CVR Energy Inc. (CVE) reported emissions Dec. 7 stemming from continuing maintenance at its refineries in Coffeyville, Kan., and Wynnewood, Okla., according to a filing with the National Response Center.

Tesoro Corp. (TSO) on Dec. 6 restarted an unspecified unit at its 144,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Martinez, Calif., according to a filing with state regulators.

Citgo Petroleum Corp. reported an upset at an unspecified unit Dec. 2 at its 167,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Lemont, Ill., according to a government filing made public Monday.

Hess Corp. (HES) on Nov. 29 said the process of restarting its 70,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Port Reading, N.J., is under way and production is expected to resume by the end of the week. A power dip on Nov. 27 caused the plant-wide shutdown, but didn't damage any process units.

Shell Oil Company (RDSA) on Nov. 26 said a release of hydrogen sulfide on Nov. 24 at its oil refinery in Martinez, Calif., necessitated reducing feed to an unspecified unit to diminish the emission. A report to the California Emergency Management Agency said a venting pressure relief valve had caused the release. The company wouldn't identify the unit or comment on the status of operations.


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  Refinery in restart mode on Nov. 
Corp.                         29 and expected to resume produc- 
                              tion by the end of the week fol- 
                              lowing the Nov. 27 power dip 
                              that shut all process units, the 
                              company said. 
Phillips  Linden, NJ   238.0  Normal operations resumed on       Nov 27 
66                            Nov. 27, full rates seen by next 
                              week following Oct. 29 shutdown 
                              ahead of Hurricane Sandy. 
Alon     Big Spring    67.    Problem with blower in FCCU Dec. 9 
         TX                   caused flaring. 
BP       Texas City    450.0  FCCU No. 1 restarted on Nov.       Nov. 23 
                              23 after shutting down unplan- 
                              ned the week before - filing. 
Motiva   Port Arthur   600.0  The 325,000-b/d new CDU could 
                              begin the restart process next 
                              week, the company said Nov. 28. 
                              The expansion unit was shut days 
                              after its late May start-up for 
                              extensive repairs owing to corro- 
                              sive issues. The process could 
                              take several weeks and is on tar- 
                              get for early 2013 restart. 
Citgo    Lemont, IL    167.0  Unspecified unit restarted on 
                              Nov. 23, a filing said. No 
                              other details provided. 
NCRA     McPherson      85.0  Emissions reported on Nov. 23 
         KS                   from a boiler house, a filing 
                              said. Impact to production unclear. 
BP       Carson, CA    266.0  Flaring planned for the three days 
                              after Dec. 9, according to filing. 
Chevron  Richmond,     230.0  Richmond City Council on Nov. 20   1Q 2013 
         CA                   asked Chevron to delay repairs 
                              to CDU No. 4 until the investi- 
                              gation into the cause of the Aug. 
                              6 fire is complete. Refinery 
                              at reduced rates since then. No 
                              other units were affected by the 
                              fire. CDU No. 4 restart on target 
                              for 1Q 2013. 
Shell    Martinez      165.0  Feed rate reduced for unspecified 
         CA                   unit on Nov. 24 due to emission 
                              of hydrogen sulfide. Company wouldn't 
                              comment on the status of operations. 
Valero  Wilmington     78.0   Flaring at refinery Dec. 9 due to 
        CA                    unspecified mechanical problem. No production 
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 company con- 
                              tinues to seek a buyer, the company 
                              said on Sept. 4. 
Sunoco   Marcus Hook   190.0  Plant shuttered in December 2011 due 
                              to poor refining economics will 
                              be reopened to process Marcellus 
                              shale the company said on Nov. 8. 
Exxon   Chalmette,     192.5  Planned turnaround work at un-     Nov. 26 
        LA                    specified unit or units under 
                              way since Oct. 26 had been com- 
                              pleted, the company said Nov. 26. 
Phillips Borger, TX    146.0  FCCU 40 shut Sept. 24 for what     Nov. 26 
66                            expected to be just over one 
                              month of maintenance restarted 
                              on Nov. 26 - TCEQ Filing. 
                              FCCU No. 29 was scheduled to 
                              shut Oct. 21 for month planned 
                              work, a TCEQ filing said. The company 
                              on Oct. 31 said normal operations 
                              were expected to 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. 
Valero   Sunray   TX   170.0  Four weeks of work on the crude    March, 2013 
McKee                         unit to begin in March 2013, 
                              the company said 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. 
                              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 

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                              2012. Unit startup is underway Dec. 
Valero   Texas City,   225.0  FCCU maintenance for 8 weeks       March 
         TX                   will begin in January 2013         2013 
                              company said on Oct. 30. 
Western  El Paso,TX     122   Company will perform turnaround 
Refining                      on north side of refinery 
                              starting in February. 
BP       Whiting, IN   336.0  Largest of 3 CDUs will soon shut   2nd Half 
                              for replacement the company said on    2013 
                              Oct. 31 as part of major expan- 
                              sion project. Completion on track 
                              for second-half 2013. 
CVR      Wynnewood,     70.0  Turnaround completed the company 
Energy   OK                   said on Nov. 27. The work got 
                              underway on Sept. 27 and was inter- 
                              rupted by Sept. 29 boiler explosion. 
                              No other units were impacted by 
                              the blast. 
CVR     Coffeyville,   115.7  Planned maintenance underway as 
Energy   KS                   of Dec. 2. Scope and length of 
                              maintenance unknown. 
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 company said on 
                              Aug. 5, 2011. 
Holly    El Dorado     139.0  Coker unit undergoing maintenance 
Frontier KS                   until further notice, traders said 
                              on Sept. 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 company said on Feb. 9. 
                              New 20,000-b/d kerosene hydro-     1stH 
                              treater will start up in first     2013 
                              half 2013, to company 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 
                              company said on Feb. 9. 
Phillips 66  Roxana,  328    Hydrogen Sulfide flaring Dec. 8 due 
              Ill.            to seal failure in cracker unit. 
Phillips Wilmington    139.0  Planned maintenance under way 
66       CA                   since Nov. 1 completed, the company 
                              said on Nov. 26. The unit or 
                              units involved in the work 
                              weren't specified. Flaring may 
                              be visible until Dec. 4. 
Tesoro   Wilmington     97.0  New vacuum distillation tower 
         CA                   project completed and fully 
                              operational, the company said on 
                              Nov. 27. 

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