Refinery Status: Valero McKee, Texas Refinery FCCU In Restart
05/11/2012| 02:47pm 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.
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.
A fire on May 9 at Sunoco Inc.'s (>> Sunoco, Inc.) oil refinery in Philadelphia was brought under control and extinguished quickly by the company's on-site emergency response team, the company said. A crude unit in the Girard Point section of the plant was shut due to the fire, a person familiar with Sunoco operations said.
Sinclair Oil Corp.'s refinery in Sinclair, Wyoming, suffered little or no damage in a May 8 incident at the plant's gas-recovery unit that led to the hospitalization of four workers, company spokesman Clint Ensign said in a press release made available on May 9. A local news report described the incident as a flash fire that injured four workers.
Chevron Corp. (>> Chevron Corporation) on May 7 said emissions were routed to its El Segundo refinery safety flare system due to an unspecified plant start-up, a report to the CEMA said. The company reported a sulfur recovery unit upset around April 10, but it is unclear whether Monday's restart was connected to that problem.
PBF Energy on May 7 said emissions at its oil refinery in Delaware City, Delaware, are due to planned maintenance currently under way at the facility in a report to local regulators. The release of sulfur dioxide will continue until the work is complete. No further details were provided.
Citgo Petroleum Corp. said a power failure at its oil refinery near Chicago, in Lemont, Ill., on May 7 caused flaring, a report to Illinois Emergency Management Agency said. The report didn't specify what unit or units were affected by the 1:10 a.m. CDT power outage, but said the event was ongoing at the time it was filed, about 25 minutes later.
Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) on May 7 said the process of returning its oil refinery in Texas City, Texas, to normal operations continues following a loss of power over the weekend. The TCEQ filing didn't specify what unit, or units, were affected by the outage.
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Operator Refinery Capacity Description Restart
Sunoco Philadelphia 330.0 Girard Point crude unit shut
PA due to fire on May 9.
Citgo Lemont, IL 167.0 Power failure on May 7 results
in flaring; its impact on opera-
Marathon Texas City 76.0 Refinery returning to normal rate
TX on May 7 following weekend power
Pasadena Pasadena TX 100.0 Work to rebuild coker unit
Refining damaged in Dec. 2011 fire will
begin, the co. said on May 4.
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 during restart mid-May
WA activities for "adjustment."
Plant still on track for mid-May
restart following plant-wide shut-
down Feb 17 due to crude unit fire.
Chevron El Segundo 279.0 Flaring on May 7 due to unspe-
CA cified plant start-up. SRU up-
set reported on Apr 10; unclear
if 5/7 start-up is connected.
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 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.
Phillips Belle Chasse 247.0 Refinery up for sale a
66 LA Nov. 29 Bloomberg News
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.
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
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
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
30 days of planned maintenance,
on Apr 29 the co. said. No
CVR Wynnewood 54.0 30-40 days maintenance planned Q3
OK in 3rd Q 2013, the co. said on 2013
Nov. 3, 2011.
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