US Refinery Status: Marathon Detroit Project Behind Schedule

Date : 08/04/2009 @ 9:00AM
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US Refinery Status: Marathon Detroit Project Behind Schedule

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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.

Marathon Oil Corp. (MRO) said Monday that the completion of the expansion of its Detroit refinery will be slight delayed from the previous mid-2012 deadline.

As of Monday, Tesoro Corp.'s (TSO) hydrocracker at its Martinez, Calif., refinery is running at planned rates, the company said.

Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) said Monday morning that it had restarted a crude unit at its St. Charles refinery in Norco, La.

Plans are being made to restart its coker and vacuum unit, spokesman Bill Day said in an email. Those units were shut by a fire on June 9. The coker will be operated at 50% when its restarted because of economic conditions. Valero has reduced coker rates at other refineries.

Valero's Ardmore, Oklahoma, refinery remains shuttered following a July 4 fire at a hydrotreater unit, the co. said on Aug. 3.

Valero's Benicia, Calif. plant is beginning a shutdown of the 36,000 bpd hydrocracker for a planned repair. "We expect this to be a brief outage with the unit restarted by the beginning of next week," company spokesman Bill Day said Monday.

Exxon Mobil (XOM) reported that a hydrocracker at its Beaumont, Texas refinery rest shut down after an upset on July 30, according to environmental regulators.

Tesoro Corp. (TSO) said July 30 its hydrocracking unit at its Golden Eagle refinery in Martinez, Calif. is restarting and should return to service in less than a week.

The unplanned turnaround hasn't been very expensive company executives said Thursday morning during an second quarter earnings calls with analyst.

Flint Hills Resources will shut several units at its Corpus Christi, Texas, refinery for unplanned work. The naptha hydrotreater, a hydrocracker and cyclic catalytic reformer will be shut as early as July 29; the work may also necessitate the shutdown a gas oil hydrotreater.

Valero also said July 28 that it has delayed 42 days of turnaround maintenance its Delaware City, Delaware, refinery FCCU until 2010 from September of 2009, and reiterated its intention to perform plantwide maintenance in September at its refinery in Three Rivers, Texas.

Frontier Oil Corp. (FTO) will in October start 30-40 days of scheduled turnaround maintenance at an FCCU and hydrotreater unit at its El Dorado, Kansas, refinery. The work will be concluded in November, the co. said on July 27.

Total Petrochemicals USA (TOT) July 26 began 10 days of planned maintenance at a Sulfur Recovery Unit at its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery.

And ExxonMobil (XOM) said a unit at its Torrance, Calif., refinery could be restarted as early as July 26; the unit wasn't identified, but a hydrogen unit, a sulfur recovery unit and a coker unit in July. The restart process was expected to conclude by August 1.

Citgo on July 20 shut the East Plant FCCU at its Corpus Christi, Texas refinery owning to the July 19 East Plant alkylation unit fire, according to a report to Texas state environmental regulators.

Pasadena Refining's crude unit at its Pasadena, Texas, refinery was back to normal operations July 20 following a lightning strike Saturday that disabled power to an emergency generator.

And Valero (VLO) July 20 reported a brief snag at the coker unit at its Benicia, California refinery. The event had no material impact on operations, the company said. A person familiar with operations at BP's (BP) Carson, Calif., refinery said the FCCU and associated units shut over the July 11-12 weekend would be restarted at the end of the July

ConocoPhillips (COP) recently shut an FCCU at its Alliance refinery in Belle Chasse, La., for unplanned maintenance, a trade source said July 15. The work is expected to take seven to 10 days.

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

Operator   Refinery    Capacity   Description                  Restart 
                       (in 000s 
Conoco     Linden, NJ    238.0  Officials consider run cuts      n/a 
                                due to slack demand, a per- 
                                son familiar with operations 
                                said on July 17. 
BP         Texas City,   467.0  Resid Hydro-Treating Unit        Jul 24 
           TX                   following four-year shutdown. 
                                The unit was shut by an explo- 
                                sion in July, 2005. 
Citgo      Corpus        163.0  FCCU shut due to July 19         n/a 
           Christi, TX          Alkylation Unit fire. No 
                                restart estimate. A worker 
                                was injured during the event. 
Conoco     Belle Chasse  247.0  FCCU shut unplanned on July      Jul 
                                12/13; repairs expected to       19-23 
                                take 7 to 10 days. 
Exxon      Beaumont      344.0  A hydrocracker shut July 30.     n/a 
Flint      Corpus        288.0  Naphtha hydrotreater, hydro-     n/a 
                                cracker, cyclic catalytic 
                                reformer to shut as early as 
                                July 29 to fix a fluid heat 
                                exchanger leak. 
Valero     Norco, LA     185.0  Crude, restarted after June 9 fire, 
                                co. said Aug. 3. Vacuum, cooker 

                               remain shuttered the co. said 
                                No restart timing. The 
                                units were shut on June 9 owing 
                                to a "minor" fire. 
                                The coker will operate at 50%    n/a 
                                of capacity when restarted due 
                                to poor economics, the co. said 
                                on July 28. 
Valero     Ardmore        87.4  July 4 Hydrotreater fire         n/a 
                                shuts entire plant. No 
                                restart estimate, the Co. 
                                said on July 27. 
Alon       Paramount,    53.0   Naphtha hydrotreater             Early 
           CA                   shut April 23 due to an          July 
                                explosion will take 10 
                                weeks to restart, the 
                                co. said on May 7. The 
                                refinery has been at re- 
                                duced rates since Apr. 23. 
BP         Carson, CA   265.0   FCCU back at normal rates        Jul 27 
                                on July 27 following two 
                                weeks of unlanned work, a 
                                person familiar with opera- 
                                tions said. 
PetroStar  Valdez, AK    48.0   Refinery shut due to Dec.        Jun/Jul 
                                28 fire; expected to re-         2010 
                                start in June/July 2010. 
Tesoro     Martinez     166.0   Hydrocracker back to           Aug  3 
                                planned rates. 
Valero     Aruba         235.0  The refinery is being shut       Sep/Oct 
                                for economic reasons. All 
                                units to be down by July 
                                17. Restart will be re- 
                                evaluated in two to three 
Sunoco     Philadelphia, 340.0  Reformer unit shut in Girard     n/a 
           PA                   Point section in early Oct. 
                                for economic reasons. Shutdown 
                                to last one to six months. 
Valero     Delaware      210.0  Maintenance at 80,000-b/d 
                                FCCU delayed until 2010 from 
                                September 2009, the co. said 
                                on July 27. 
Chevron    Pascagoula,   330.0 Pre-commercial heavy oil          2010 
           Miss.                conversion project delayed 
                                from 2008 to 2010 due to 
                                economic factors. 
Exxon      Baytown, TX   567.0  FCCU No. 3 boiler shut           n/a 
                                for planned work July 10; 
                                the work will have no impact 
                                on the company's ability to 
                                supply customers. 
Flint      Corpus        288.1  $250 mln project for new         Spr 
Hills      Christi, TX          diesel desulfurization,          2010 
                                sulfur recovery unit to begin 
                                in Fall 2008. Construction 
                                to last 18 months. 
Marathon   Garyville     245.0  Project to increase crude oil    4Q 
           LA                   refining capacity by 180,000-    2009 
                                b/d 85% complete, the co. said 
                                on Apr. 30. New units expected 
                                start up in 4th-quarter, 2009. 
Motiva     Port Arthur   285.0  Expansion project to increase    1st-Q 
           TX                   throughput capacity by 325,000   2012 
                                b/d, to 610,000-b/d, slowed. 
                                Completion now seen in 1st- 
                                quarter 2012, from 2010. 
Total      Port Arthur          Work to replace blower and       Aug 5 
                                motor controls at Unit 819, 
                                a sulfur recovery unit starts 
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