Tuesday, September 13, 2011

U.S. Refinery Status: Marathon Petroleum Catlettsburg FCCU Restarted

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 Petroleum Corp. (MPC) said Sept. 12 it successfully restarted the FCCU at the company's 210,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Catlettsburg, Ken., during the weekend. The unit had been down after a fire on Aug. 17.

Total shut down a crude distillation unit over the weekend at its 232,00 barrel-a-day refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, traders said Sept. 12. The company planned the unit to be back up within the week, traders said.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) on Sep. 12 said planned work at its joint venture refinery in Chalmette, La., caused emissions at the sulfur plant on Sep. 11. The work is expected to continue for less than two weeks and is not expected to impact production.

PBF Energy's 193,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Delaware City, Del., experienced an emissions release of sulfur dioxide on Sep. 9 due to maintenance at the plant's hydrocracking unit, not the key gasoline-making fluid catalytic cracking unit as had been reported to state regulators. The company declined to estimate when the unit would restart.

Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) said on Sep. 9 maintenance at a hydrocracker unit at its oil refinery in Benicia, Calif., had no material impact to production. The work resulted in a release of sulfur dioxide to the plant's safety flare system, according to a filing to the California Emergency Management Agency earlier on Sep. 9.

Tesoro Corp. (TSO) on Sep. 9 said its Los Angeles-area refinery in Wilmington, Calif. was ramping towards targeted rates following an off-site power interruption the day before.

For more detailed information, search Dow Jones Newswires using the code N/REF. Operator Refinery Capacity Description Restart (in 000s bbl/day) UNPLANNED CANADA CARIBBEAN EAST COAST PBF Delaware 193.0 FCCU snag on Sep. 9 results in Energy City, DE emissions; status of unit un- clear. GULF COAST Conoco Belle Chasse 247.0 Equipment malfunction occurred on Phillips La. Sep. 4 while refinery was opera- ting at very low rates due to Tropical Storm Lee. No details were provided. Flint Corpus 300.0 Second power disruption in as Hills Christi, TX many days shut West Refinery on Sep. 4. On Sep. 3 the Mid-Plant Complex and an SRU resumed nor- mal operations after a brief power snag. Total Port Arthur 232.0 Refinery resumed normal rates TX on Sep. 7 after early-day up- set at sulfur recovery area. MIDWEST Exxon Channahon 268.0 Power failure on Sep. 3 causes Mobil IL emissions and flaring; impact on production unclear. ROCKIES Sinclair Sinclair 74.0 Refinery at reduced rates fol- WY lowing fires at CDU on Sep. 3 and Sep. 4. Repairs and damage assessments underway, the co. said on Sep.6. Exxon Billings, 60.0 Production at minimum rates due MT to ruptured Silvertip Pipeline. Company looking for alternative crude sources, the co. said on July 5. WEST COAST Tesoro Wilmington 92.0 Refinery returning to targeted rates on Sep. 9 following an off-site power outage the day before. PLANNED CANADA CARIBBEAN EAST COAST Sunoco Philadelphia 335.0 Refineries up for sale on Marcus Hook 190.0 Sep. 6; process units will be shuttered in July 2012 if no buyer is found. GULF COAST Alon Big Spring 67.0 FCCU turnaround maintenance under- TX way, a filing to environmental reg- ulators made public on July 24 said. Exxon Chalmette 192.5 Planned maintenance started Sep. Mobil LA 11 at sulfur plant; emissions re- ported to NRC. Work will end in less than 2 weeks with no impact on to production expected, to co. said on Sep. 12. Motiva Port Arthur 285.0 Expansion project to increase 1Q TX throughput capacity by 325,000 2012 b/d, to 610,000-b/d, slowed. Completion now seen 1Q 2012, from 2010. Valero Corpus 315.0 Crude & coker unit turnaround Oct. Christi, TX to start in Oct. for three 2011 weeks. Valero McKee TX 170.0 Crude Unit and FCCU to undergo 3Q 2011 turnaround maintenance for six weeks starting in Oct. 2011, the co. said on July 26. Vacuum unit turnaround planned for first half of 2012, co. said. Expansion project announced March 2011 to increase crude oil throughput by 25,000 b/d to 195,000 b/d. Valero Norco, LA 185.0 Hydrocracker project will pro- 2013 ceed and be completed in late 2013, the co. said on 7/27/10. 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- 2012 TX ceed and be completed in late 2012. MIDWEST BP Whiting, IN 405.0 Turnaround at Pipestill 12 de- layed by 3 months; it was sup- posed to begin in November, a source said on Mar 25. Cenovus Roxana, IL 306.0 Coker and refinery expansion Q4 2011 (Conoco/WRB) project on track for comple- tion 4th Q 2011, the co. said on July 26, 2011. CVR Coffeyville 115.7 Periodic turnaround will take 2012 KS place in two phases beginning in Fall 2011 and completed in Spring 2012. Husky Lima, OH 160.0 15-day isocracker maintenance to Energy replace reactor catalyst will be- gin in 3rd Q 2011. Refinery will operate at 90% of capacity during that time. 15-days of maintenance planned Autumn at aromatics unit in the fall 2012 of 2012. Husky Toledo, OH 140.0 Isocracker maintenance and gen- Energy eral maintenance for 38 days will commence in Q3 2011, the Co. said on July 28. Minor maintenance planned in 4Q 2011, the co. said on July 28; no details provided. Tesoro Mandan, ND 58.0 Total crude-oil processing capa- 2nd Q city to increase by 17% to 68,000 2012 b/d by 2nd quarter 2012. WEST COAST

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