US Refinery Status: BP Carson, CA., Refinery Reports Valve Leak And Planned Flaring
03/19/2012| 10:16am US/Eastern
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.
BP will initiate planned flaring at it's 265,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Carson, Calif., from Mar. 18 through Mar. 20. In addition a large amount of hydrogen sulfide has been released due to a leaking valve, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. It wasn't known whether either even was related to prior issues with a hydrocracker.
The 58,000 barrel-a-day Delek Refinery in Tyler, Tx., owned and operated by Delek Group LTD, experieneced a mechanical failure at the fluid catalytic cracking regenerator on Mar. 16. The event caused excess emissions through Mar. 18, according to the Texas Commission On Environmental Quality.
A Mar. 16 fire in a desulfurization unit heater at the 210,000 barrel-a-day Delaware City Refining Company in Delaware City caused the release of sulfur dioxide, according to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
Substantial flaring was evident on Mar. 16 at ConocoPhillip's 120,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Rodeo, Calif., according to a California Hazardous Materials Report. Off and on again flaring has been seen at the refinery since Mar. 14.
A steam leak in a light olefins unit at the Flint Hills Resources Port Arthur, Tx., facility was still evident on Mar. 16, acording to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The initial leak was discovered Feb. 16. Repair should be completed by Mar. 23.
A planned flaring event is taking place at Tesoro's 110,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Wilmington, Calif., from Mar. 18 through Mar. 19, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. No firm indication was given as to which units will be affected.
Sunoco reported flaring at a large hydrotreater in it's Point Breeze section of the 335,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Philadelphia on Mar. 16. The duration of the flaring wasn't known.
Exxon Mobil Corp. (>> Exxon Mobil Corporation) on March 12 shut a gas compressor unit at a catalytic hydrodesulfurization unit at its Joliet refinery in Channahon, Ill.
BP PLC's (BP, BP.LN) San Francisco-area oil refinery in Carson, Calif., will begin planned maintenance at a CDU on March 13, a person familiar with the plant said on March 12. Flaring and emissions are expected between March 13 and 26, a filing to state environmental regulators said.
Sunoco Inc. (>> Sunoco, Inc.) shut the 231 hydrotreater and associated compressor in the Girard Point section of its Philadelphia refining complex for maintenance on March 7, according to a notification to Philadelphia environmental regulators made public on March 23. The filing didn't specify whether the shutdown was planned or unplanned or how long the maintenance would last.
ConocoPhillips (>> ConocoPhillips) said flaring and emissions occurred on March 11 during a shutdown for annual turnaround maintenance at its oil refinery in Ferndale, Washington, according to a filing to the National Response Center. The report didn't specify what unit, or units, will be involved in the turnaround, and ConocoPhillips only confirmed that work is under way. Traders doing business in the region said the maintenance is expected to last five to six weeks.
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Operator Refinery Capacity Description Restart
Sunoco Philadelphia 335.0 Hydrotreater and compressor
shut for maintenance on Mar 7.
No other details provided.
Alon Big Spring 67.0 Off-gas compressor shut on Mar N/A
USA TX 3 due to gas-oil hydrotreater
Citgo Corpus 165.0 Alkylation unit shut on Mar 5 N/A
Christi due to small flange leak.
Exxon Beaumont 344.0 Resuming normal operations after Mar 7
boiler trip during FCCU restart
on Mar 5, the co. said on Mar
Pasadena Pasadena TX 100.0 Coker unit damanged by Dec 10 N/A
Refining fire. Fire contained; no other
units affected, the co. said
on Dec. 12. On Jan 27, the co.
said there was no change since
the Dec. 12 statement; no re-
Exxon Channahon 240.0 Gas compressor unit shut at
Mobil IL catalytic hydrodesulfuriza-
tion unit on Mar 12. No other
BP Carson, CA 253.0 Hydrocracking unit restarted Mar 7
Mar 1-2 after Feb 24 shutdown.
a person familiar with the plant
said on Mar 7.
BP Ferndale, 230.0 Refinery idled after Feb. 17 End
WA fire at crude unit. Planned April
maintenance advanced; plant
will remain shut through April.
Husky Saskatchewan 21-days maintenance set in 1stH
Upgrader first half 2012 at hydrogen 2012
plant, the co. said on Feb 9.
Husky Saskatchewan Major turnaround to take place Spring
Refinery in spring of 2013. Plant-wide 2013
shutdown for inspection and
HOVENSA St. Croix 350.0 Refinery shutdown completed, the Feb 21
co. said on Feb. 21. The facility 2012
will be operated as a products
Valero Aruba 235.0 One of two crude units and one of
two cokers and a visibreaker remain
shuttered due to economics, the Co.
said on Mar 6.
Conoco Trainer, PA 185.0 Crude processing halted;
operations winding down,
the company said on Sept. 30.
The refinery will be
shuttered in six months if
Sunoco Philadelphia 335.0 Refineries up for sale on July
Marcus Hook 190.0 Sept. 6; Marcus Hook shut 2012
Dec. 1 ahead of schedule
due to poor refining econo-
mics. Phila. to shut in July.
BP Texas City 406.6 FCCU and Alkylation unit routine
TX maintenance that began earlier in
Jan continues, a person familiar
with the refinery said on Feb 8.
Restart estimate not available.
Citgo Corpus 157.0 East Plant crude unit turnaround Jan 31
Christi, TX concluded; plant back at normal
rates, to Co. said on Jan 31.
The maintenance got under way on
Conoco Belle Chasse 247.0 Refinery up for sale a
Phillips LA Nov. 29 Bloomberg News
Exxon Baytown 560.6 Two months turnaround work got Feb
Mobil TX under way on Feb. 1 at an alky- 24
lation unit and FCCU.
Holly Artesia, NM 100.0 Crude runs will be reduced by Early
Frontier 50% during 30 days of major turn- 2012
maintenance in early 2012, the Co.
said on Aug. 5.
Valero McKee TX 170.0 5 week FCCU turnaround set for
March, 2012, the co. said 1/31.
Vacuum unit turnaround planned in
first half of 2012, company said.
Expansion project announced
March 2011 to increase crude oil
throughput by 25,000 b/d to
Valero Meraux, LA 135.0 FCCU will be shuttered during
alkylation unit turnaround main-
tenance that began wk of Jan 2
the co. said on Jan 9.
Valero Houston,TX 88.0 Seven weeks of FCCU maintnance end-March
starting in Feb. 2012 the Co.
said on Nov. 1, 2011.
Valero Norco, LA 185.0 Ten weeks of work planned for mid-April
the crude and coker units start- 2012
ing Feb. 2012, co said on Nov. 1,
Valero Norco, LA 185.0 Co. on Jan. 31 said 10-weeks of April
planned crude/coker unit mainte- 2012
will get under way in Feb.
Hydrocracker project will pro- 2013
ceed and be completed in late
2013, the co. said on 7/27/10.
Upgrade project to build 2012
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