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Refinery Status: Alon Paramount, Ca., Up

05/04/2012 | 02:48pm 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.

Planned rates have been achieved at Alon USA Energy's 50,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Paramount, Ca., after being down for almost six months, according to traders and marketers doing business with the company. In addition, a hydrocracker at it's Bakersfield, Ca., refineruy will be put into restart mode mid-May.

A brief power outage took place May 3, at the 208,000 barrel-a-day refinery owned by ExxonMobil and Petroleos de Venezuela in Chalmette, LA., according to a filing with the National Response Center. A unit was shut down during the two and one-half hour power outage. But there was no impact to production and the facility is in the process of returning to normal operations.

BP is in restart mode on a hydrocracker at the 437,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Texas City, Tx., according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The unit has been shut since April 20. BP refers to the unit as a ultracracker and emissions will be associated with the unit restart until May 7.

A hydrocracker has been taken out of service for maintenance at Tesoro's 166,000 barrel-a-day Golden Eagle refinery in Martinez, Ca,. according to marketers and traders doing business with the company. The unit is expected to be out of service for two weeks.

ExxonMobil reported an emissions event at it's 561,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Baytown, Tx., on April 30, according to a National Response Center report. The affected unit was a hydrocracker, but it's current status is unclear and not other details were provided.

Another flaring event is scheduled at ConocoPhillips 139,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Wilmington, Ca., on May 2, and May 3, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Traders doing business with the company indicated the event may have something to do with the restart of a reformer that has been in maintenance for a couple of weeks.

A fluid catalytic cracker is being taken out of service for five weeks of maintenance at Valero's 170,000 barrel-a-day McKee refinery in Sunray, Tx., according to company spokesman Bill Day. Gasoline production will be impacted.

The restart of unspecified equipment at ExxonMobil's 238,000 barrel-a-day Joliet refinery in Channahon, Ill., caused a period of emissions and flaring on April 26, according to a filing with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

Valero's 185,000 barrel-a-day St. Charles Refinery in Norco, Louisiana was nearing planned rates on April 30, following maintenance on crude and coker units, according to company spokesman, Bill Day. The units where shut during the second week of February.

Citgo Corp. shut down a portion of it's 167,000 barrel-a-day Illinois refinery on April 29, for 30 days of planned maintenance, according to a company filing with the National Response Center. Flaring will be intermittent for the duration of the work. The refinery is located just outside Chicago.

A hydrocracker was put into restart mode the evening of April 28, at Valero's 250,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Port Arthur, Tx., according to the National Response Center. A flaring event, releasing excess sulfur dioxide, accompanied the restart.

A flaring event took place the evening of April 27, at ConocoPhillips 139,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Wilmington, Calif., according to a California Hazardous Materials Spill Report. The even released an excess of sulphur dioxide. It wasn't know whether the flaring had anything to do with the ongoing maintenance on a reformer at the facility.

An unplanned flaring event took place on April 27, at the 265,000 barrel-a-day BP refinery in Carson, Calif., according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. No firm indications were given as to which unit has been affected and calls to BP weren't immediately returned.

Shell Oil Co. said that scheduled maintenance is underway on a crude and coker unit's at it's 156,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Martinez, California.

An equipment failure took place on April 26, at Chevron's 246,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Richmond, Calif., and caused an excess emission of dulfur dioxide, according to the California Emergency Management Agency Hazardous Materials Spill Report. No firm indication was given regarding the affected unit, or units.

An operational upset was reported by Husky Energy Inc., with an unspecified unit taken off line on April 25 at it's 160,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Lima, Ohio. The problem was blamed on a small gas leak and reapairs could take two to seven days, according to Husky's downstream senior vice president, Bob Baird. On April 26, a compressor failed and other units were shut according to a public filing.

ExxonMobil reported flaring at it's 238,000 barrel-a-day ExxonMobil Joliet refinery in Channahon, Ill., on April 24, when an unspecified piece of equipment was being was being taken out of service.

Continuous flaring was seen the afternoon of April 25 at ConocoPhillips 122,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Rodeo, Calif., according to the California Hazrdous Materials Spill Report. Traders said work is being performed on the company's unicracker/fluid catalytic cracker and reformer.

Flaring took place at Delaware City Refinng Company's 210,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Delaware City the morning of April 25, according to the Delaware Department of Natural resources and Environmental Control. The event was triggered by a compressor tripping off line. The refinery has been owned by PBF Energy Partners since June, 2010.

A compressor at the ConocoPhillips-Cenovus Energy 306,000 barrel-a-day Wood River Refinery in Roxana, Illinois tripped off line late Tuesday and caused flaring, according to a report sent to Illinois state environmental regulators. The even lasted for an hour and a half and the cause and needed repairs are being assessed.

HollyFrontier is midway through a seven day maintenance program on a crude unit at the East Plant of it's 155,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Tulsa, Oklahoma, according to trading sources doing business with the company. The crude unit was taken out of service on April 21.

ConocoPhillips is in restart mode at it's 100,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Ferndale, Wa., after an extensive six week maintenance program, according to trading sources doing business with the company. In addition, the company has taken a reformer down for maintenance at it's 139,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Wilmington, California.

A hydrocracker at the 407,000 barrel-a-day BP refinery in Texas City, Tx., was taken out of service on April.20 due to severe thunderstorms, a person familiar with operations said. The hydrocracker was affected by a compressor that tripped of line during the storm. The unit is expected to return to service by April. 27.

A two hour flaring event, caused by a power failure, took place at Houston Refining LP's 280,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Houston, Tx., late aftenoon April. 21, according to the Texas Commission On Environmental Quality. The even forced a coker down, but the unit was put into restart mode in short order.

A hydrocracker at Valero's 287,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Port Arthur, Tx., is still down after a flaring event took place the morning of April 21, according to company spokesman Bill Day. He said the emission event was dut to a compressor trip.

Tesoro Corp. (>> Tesoro Corporation) on April 18 said operations are running normally at its Los Angeles-area refinery in Wilmington, Calif., and at its Anacortes, Wash., refinery after completing planned maintenance. The scope or the duration of the maintenance wasn't disclosed.

BP Plc. (BP) hopes to finish maintenance work at its 230,000 barrel-a-day Cherry Point refinery in Ferndale, Wash., by the end of April, a source famailiar with the refinery said on Apri l7.

Tesoro Corp. (>> Tesoro Corporation) said on April 17 a power outage caused a compressor trip at the coker unit at its 93,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Wilmington, Calif.

Motiva Enterprises LLC (RDSA, RDSB) on April 16 shut a hydrocracking unit at its Norco, La., refinery after a pump malfunction at the hydrogen plant. No other details were provided in the filing to the National Response Center.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (>> Exxon Mobil Corporation) reported an unspecified unit upset April 15 at its 240,000 barrel-a-day refinery outside Joliet, Ill., according to a government filing.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (>> Exxon Mobil Corporation) said April 14 a compressor tripped at its 344,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Beaumont, Texas.

ConocoPhillips (>> ConocoPhillips) said a small fire early April 13 at its 76,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Rodeo, Calif., was promptly extinguished. Refinery operations were "otherwise routine," a company spokesman said.

Chevron Corp. (>> Chevron Corporation) reported an upset April 11 at the sulfur recovery unit at its refinery in El Segundo, Calif., according to a government filing.

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

Operator   Refinery    Capacity   Description                   Restart 
                       (in 000s 
CVR      Wynnewood      70.0  Power snag forces SRU off-line 
Energy   OK                   on Apr 2, a filing to the NRC 
Holly    Artesia, NM   100.0  FCCU shut for 10-15 days unplan- 
Frontier                      ned maintenance on April 5. 
Motiva   Norco, LA     233.5  Hydrocracking unit shut on Apr 
Enterprises                   16 due to pump failure at hydro- 
                              gen plant. No restart timing 
                              indicated in filing to NRC. 
Pasadena Pasadena TX   100.0  Coker unit damanged by on Dec 10 
Refining                      fire. Fire contained; no other 
                              units affected, the co. said 
                              on Dec. 12. On Jan 27, the co. 

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