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Refinery Status: Valero McKee, Texas Refinery FCCU In Restart

05/11/2012 | 02:47pm US/Eastern
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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.

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 
 
Sunoco   Philadelphia  330.0  Girard Point crude unit shut 
         PA                   due to fire on May 9. 
 
MIDWEST 
 
Citgo    Lemont, IL    167.0  Power failure on May 7 results 
                              in flaring; its impact on opera- 
                              tions unclear. 
 
GULF COAST 
 
Marathon Texas City     76.0  Refinery returning to normal rate 
         TX                   on May 7 following weekend power 
                              outage. 
 
Pasadena Pasadena TX   100.0  Work to rebuild coker unit 
Refining                      damaged in Dec. 2011 fire will 
                              begin, the co. said on May 4. 
 
MIDWEST 
 
ROCKIES 
 
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. 
 
WEST COAST 
 
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. 
 
 
 
PLANNED 
 
CANADA 
 
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. 
 
CARIBBEAN 
 
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. 
EAST COAST 
 
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. 
 
GULF COAST 
 
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 
                              report said. 
 
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 
                              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 
                              2012. 
 
 
MIDWEST 
 
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 
                              details provided. 
 
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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