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Refinery Status: Sunoco To Restart Philadelphia Crude Unit Thursday

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05/14/2012 | 04:54pm CEST

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.

Sunoco Inc.'s (>> Sunoco, Inc.) Philadelphia refinery crude unit shut by a brief fire on May 9 is expected to restart on May 17, a person familiar with the plant said on May 14.

Phillips 66 (PSX) on May 12 said complex personnel worked to restore normal operations at its Sweeny refinery in Old Ocean, Texas, after power was restored following an interruption earlier in the day, according to a filing to state regulators. Several units were listed as the sources of the emissions, including the sulfur recovery complex and regenerative thermal oxidizer.

Flint Hills Resources, LP, on May 12 said the combination of coker unit maintenance and the restart of a compressor at the plant's hydrocracker unit caused an emissions and flaring at its in Corpus Christi, Texas, refinery, according to a filing to state regulators.

Shell Oil (RDSB.LN, RDSA.LN) on May 12 said a lube hydrocracking unit was shut unplanned at its joint venture Motiva refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, after a relatively brief fire at an associated heater, according to a filing to state regulators.

Pasadena Refining Systems Inc. on May 12 said the key gasoline-making fluid catalytic cracking unit at its oil refinery in Pasadena, Texas, was shut when a loss of power caused two steam-producing boilers to go off line. Repairs to the power system were commenced," the filing to the TCEQ said.

Chevron Corp. (>> Chevron Corporation) on May 12 said flaring was possible as a result of a planned shutdown of an unspecified unit at its Richmond, Calif., refinery. No other details were provided in the filing to state regulators.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (>> Exxon Mobil Corporation) on May 11 said a compressor malfunction at its oil refinery in Beaumont, Texas, resulted in flaring as emissions were routed to the plant's coker unit safety flare. Refinery personnel immediately took action to restart the compressor, a filing to state regulators said.

Valero Energy Corp. (>> Valero Energy Corporation) on May 11 said the restart of an FCCU at its McKee, Texas, refinery is underway following turnaround maintenance that began on March 31.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (>> Exxon Mobil Corporation) on May 11 said crude and coker unit turnaround maintenance at its Beaumont, Texas, refinery was completed and the units are at normal operations; the turnaround started on April 29. Separately, a hydrocracker unit was shut on May 10 for unplanned compressor repair. It will restart as soon as possible, the company said.

Citgo Petroleum Corp. on May 10 reported equipment failure and emissions at it's Lemont, Illinois, refinery to state environmental regulators. A portion of the plant has been off line since April 29 for 30 days of planned maintenance, a filing to environmental regulators said.

Valero Energy (>> Valero Energy Corporation) on May 10 said the restart of the Meraux, La., refinery alkylation unit and FCCU is being evaluated for cost-effectiveness. The units were shut Jan. 2 of extensive turnaround maintenance.

Restart activities continue at BP's (BP) Cherry Point refinery although the crude unit was shut down on May 9 for adjustments, a person familiar with operations at the plant said on May 10. The refinery is on track for mid-May return to service.

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

Operator   Refinery    Capacity   Description                   Restart 
                       (in 000s 
Sunoco   Philadelphia  330.0  Girard Point crude unit seen       May 17 
         PA                   restarting on May 17; it was 
                              shut by May 9 fire. 
Exxon    Beaumont      345.0  Compressor snag on May 11 re- 
Mobil    TX                   sults in flaring at coker unit 
                              safety flare. 
Motiva   Port Arthur   600.0  Brief fire on May 12 shuts lube 
         TX                   hydrocracking unit- filing. 
Pasadena Pasadena TX   100.0  FCCU shut on May 12 due to steam 
Refining                      loss when boilers shut on power 
                              Work to rebuild coker unit 
                              damaged in Dec. 2011 fire will 
                              begin, the co. said on May 4. 
Phillips Sweeny TX     247.0  Efforts to resume normal rates 
66                            on May 12 following power out- 
                              age earlier in the day. 
Sinclair  Sinclair      80.0  Flash fire on May 8 at gas re- 
          WY                  covery unit injures four workers. 
                              The refinery suffered little to 
                              no damage, the co. said. 
BP       Ferndale,     230.0  Crude unit shut May 10 during      mid-May 
         WA                   restart activities for "adjustment." 
                              Plant still on track for mid-May 
                              restart following plant-wide shut- 
                              down Feb 17 due to crude unit fire. 
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 
                              equipment repairs. 
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 
                              storage terminal. 
Valero   Aruba         235.0  Operations will be suspended 
                              at the end of March due to eco- 
                              nomics, the co. said on Mar 19. 
Phillips Trainer, PA   185.0  Delta Airlines buys refinery 
66                            on April 30, 2012. 
                              Operations were idled on Sept. 
                              30, 2011 for economic reasons. 
PBF      Delaware City 190.0  Planned work currently under way 
Energy   DE                   the co. said on May 7. Scope and 
                              duration not disclosed. 
Sunoco   Philadelphia  335.0  Energy Partners buys Sunoco Inc.; 
         PA                   deal to close 4Q 2012. 
Sunoco   Marcus Hook   190.0  Marcus Hook shut Dec. 1 ahead of 
                              schedule due to poor refining econo- 
                              economics. Phila. to shut in July. 
BP       Texas City    406.6  FCCU No. 3 and Alkylation unit down 
         TX                   for routine maintenance that began 
                              around Jan. 5 continues, a person 
                              familiar with the refinery said on 
                              Apr 5. Restart estimate not available. 
Flint    Corpus        300.0  Coker unit maintenance combined 
Hills    Christi TX           with hydrocracker unit restart 
                              to cause emissions and flaring 
                              on May 12. 
Exxon    Beaumont     345.0   Crude Unit B, Coker Unit and       May 11 
Mobil    TX                   associated units at normal rates   2012 
                              following turnaround maintenance 
                              that started on Apr 1, the co. 
                              said on May 11. 
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. 
Phillips Belle Chasse  247.0  Refinery up for sale a 
66       LA                   Nov. 29 Bloomberg News 
                              report said. 
Valero   McKee    TX   170.0  FCCU in restart after turnaround   May 11 
                              that began on Mar 31 the co. said 
                              on May 11. 
                              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 
                              195,000 b/d. 
Valero   Meraux, LA    135.0  Co. on May 10 said the restart     N/A 
                              of alky and FCC units is being 
                              assessed for economic reasons. 
                              The units were shut Jan. 2 for 
                              extensive turnaround maintenance. 
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 
Citgo    Lemont, IL    167.0  Equipment failure and emissions 
                              reported on May 10. Unclear if 
                              event is associated with planned 
                              maintenance currently under way. 
                              Portion of refinery shut for       May 29 

(MORE TO FOLLOW) Dow Jones Newswires

05-14-12 1053ET

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