US Refinery Status: Shell Confirms Small Fire At Deer Park Plant

Date : 05/17/2010 @ 12:59PM
Source : Dow Jones News
Stock : Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM)
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US Refinery Status: Shell Confirms Small Fire At Deer Park Plant

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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.

Shell Oil Company (RDSA, RDSA.LN) said Monday that a small, early day fire was quickly extinguished at its Deer Park, Texas, refinery. The location of the fire was not disclosed, nor is it clear whether the event had any impact on operations.

BP PLC (BP) reported a malfunctioning relief valve at a coker unit at its Texas City, Texas, refinery on Friday; the status of operations was unclear.

A wet gas compressor was shut unplanned last week at Alon USA's (ALJ) Big Spring, Texas, oil refinery during a storm.

   For more detailed information, search Dow Jones Newswires using the code N/REF. 
Operator   Refinery    Capacity   Description                     Restart 
                       (in 000s 
Alon    Big Spring      70.0  Wet gas compressor shut un-       n/a 
        TX                    planned on May 14 due to 
                              a storm. 
BP      Texas City     455.8  Relief valve at coker unit drum   n/a 
        TX                    malfunctioned on May 14. Impact 
                              on operations unclear. 
Exxon   Beaumont       344.5  Reported crack in coke drum 
        TX                    April 24. 
                              Reported unidentified exchanger 
                              leak to Cooling Tower #17 at a 
                              gas plant's alkylation unit, 
                              causing emissions on May 5-6, Co. 
                              reported May 6. 
Motiva   Port Arthur   285.0  Power interruption slows or       n/a 
         TX                   shuts operations at several 
                              processing units; status of 
                              operations unclear. 
                              Contract worker dies on 4/19; 
                              the cause is under investi- 
Lyondell Houston       268.0  Rupture disc blew, resulting in 
         TX                   in emissions at Unit 433; no 
                              other units damaged or off-site 
                              impact, Co. reported May 3. 
Shell    Deer Park     310.0  Co. confirms small, early day 
         Texas                fire on May 17 at unspecified 
                              location was quickly extinguised. 
                              Impact on operations unclear. 
                              Hydrodesulfurization unit in n/a 
                              circulation mode following snag 
                              at associated vent gas compressor 
                              on May 7. 
Valero   Corpus        340.0  Coker unit restarted May 14       May 14 
         Christi, TX          in East Plant following un- 
                              planned shutdown on May 10 
                              owing to a flange fire. 
AGE      San Antonio    13.5  An 18-wheeler exploded May 3, causing 
         TX                   several smaller explosions, 
                              Fire Department said. Cause is 
                              under investigation; one employee 
                              was hospitalized for burns and at 
                              least one other was treated on site. 
Conoco   Wood River   306.0  Fire broke out at S-Zorb sulfur 
         IL                  treating unit April 29; there 
                             were no injuries and the unit 
                             is being investigated. 
Chevron   El Segundo   279.0  Isomax plant shut March 19        n/a 
          CA                  due to "small" fire. No 
                              estimate on restart. 
BP        Carson, CA   265.0  Unplanned planned flaring         n/a 
                              due to unidentified breakdown 
                              Co. reported May 6. 
Tesoro    Wilmington   100.0  Hydrocracker Unit Shut April 11   n/a 
          CA                  due to a mechanical issue. No 
                              estimate on restart. 
Tesoro    Anacortes    120.0  Fire at naphtha unit April 2      end Q2 
          WA                  killed seven. 
                              All production operations to 
                              temporarily shut down later this 
                              month until repairs are done and 
                              investigations progress, company said 
                              April 12. Supply will be met from 
                              other companies' refineries or from 
                              spot market. Plant was processing 
                              70,000 b/d if crude after blast. 
                              Plant will be shut through 2Q, 
                              Co. said April 30. 
Exxon    Torrance, CA 150.0   Hydrocracker - 20,500 b/d - was 
                              getting ready to be restarted, 
                              flaring to take place on May 6-10, 
                              Co. said May 5. Unit was shut 
                              April 28 after a compressor 
                              went offline. Impact unclear. 
Shell    Montreal     130.0   The refinery will be converted 
         Quebec               into a fuel terminal, Co. said 
                              Jan. 7. No timeline provided. 
Valero   Aruba        235.0   The plant, which 
                              was shut in June for 2-3 
                              months for economic reasons was 
                              closed indefinitely in Nov. 
Conoco   Linden, NJ   238.0   Bayway turnaround completed, 
                              Co. said May 3. 
Hess     Port                 35 day turnaround commenced in    May 2010 
         Reading NJ           April, the Co. said on April 28, 
                              at the plant's 70,000-b/d 
                              FCCU; the refinery does not 
                              process crude oil. 
Sunoco   Westville     145.0  Idling all Eagle Point refin-     n/a 
         NJ                   ing operations indefinitely due 
                              to poor economics, Co. said 
                              Oct. 6. 
Valero   Delaware      210.0  PBF Investments has reached       April 2012 
                              deal to buy plant. Petroplus 
                              said May 5 the plant would be 
                              restarted in 2Q of 2011. 
Western  Yorktown       64.5  Planned work scheduled 3Q 2010.   Q3 2010 
Alon     Krotz         100.0  Refinery will be back in "full 
         Springs, La.         operation" in the second half of 
                              May, Co. said May 6. Plant has 
                              been shut since Nov. 2009 for 
                              a turnaround. 
BP      Texas City     455.8  Planned work began at an FCC 
                              vessel April 23. 
                              An unidentified unit was being 
                              restarted May 5-6, a filing said. 
Chevron  Pascagoula  330.0    Pre-commercial heavy oil          2010 
         Miss.                conversion project delayed 
                              from 2008 to 2010 due to 
                              economic factors. 
                              Work is progressing on the 
                              continuous catalytic reformer, 
                              expected to be completed by 
                              mid-2010, Co. said Feb. 25. 
                              Co. is planning to put a premium 
                              base-oil facility at plant. 
Flint    Corpus               $250 mln project for new Spring   2010 
Hills    Christi, TX          diesel desulfurization, 
                              sulfur recovery unit to begin 
                              in Fall 2008. Construction 
                              to last 18 months. 
                              Maintenance at one of three      May 3 
                              compressors at the flare gas 
                              recovery unit on April 26-May 3 
Marathon Garyville    436.0   Plant operating at newly ex-      n/a 
         LA                   panded capacity and may ex- 
                              ceed it, the co. said on March 
Motiva   Port Arthur   285.0  Delayed Coking Unit to restart    May 12 
         TX                   Wed., May 12, following two 
                              weeks of maintenance. 
                              Expansion project to increase 1Q 
                              throughput capacity by 325,000    2012 
                              b/d, to 610,000-b/d, slowed. 
                              Completion now seen 1Q 
                              2012, from 2010. 
Valero   Corpus       340.0   Plant shut; West Plant            n/a 
         Christi, TX          50,000-b/d FCCU at reduced 
                              rates since mid-Dec for 
                              economic reasons. 
Valero   Norco, LA    250.0   Upgrade project to build 2012 
                              a new diesel hydrotreater 
                              unit moved from 2010 to 
                              4Q 2012. 

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