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Refinery Status: Valero Restarts Louisiana Units After Turnaround

05/16/2012 | 03:35pm 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 16 said the alkylation unit and FCCU at its Meraux, La., refinery are in restart and will be operating at normal rates by June 1. The units had been down since January as part of planned maintenance turnaround.

Valero Energy Corp. on May 16 said a brief power outage at its Memphis, Tennessee, on May 14 resulted in flaring, but had no material impact to production.

Valero Energy Corp. on May 15 reported compressor problems at its Houston and Port Arthur, Texas, refineries. Neither plant experienced any material impact to production, the company said on May 16.

BP PLC (BP) on May 15 said planned flaring could occur at its Carson, Calif., refinery through May 21; the flaring isn't associated with equipment breakdown, a filing to environmental regulators said.

Delek US Holdings, Inc. (>> Delek US Holdings, Inc.) on May 15 its Tyler, Texas, refinery is expected to average between 45,000 and 50,000 barrels-a-day, down from 62,000 b/d, while repairs continue at the plant's FCCU. The unit was shut May 10 after a May 7 restart attempt failed.

Also on May 15, Delek said its El Dorado, Arkansas, refinery has been operating at reduced rates since May 1 due to the temporary suspension of crude oil deliveries from its supplier Exxon Mobil. The company has secured additional feedstocks that should allow the refinery to average total throughput of at least 60,000 barrels a day during May and June, which is down from its boiler-plate capacity of 70,000 barrels a day.

Traders doing business with Chevron Corp. (>> Chevron Corporation) on May 14 said the May 12 planned unit shutdown at Chevron's Richmond, Calif., refinery involves the FCCU and hydrotreater unit. Maintenance is expected to last for two weeks, they said. Chevron on May 12 notified California state environmental regulators of possible emissions during the unit shutdown.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (>> Exxon Mobil Corporation) on May 14 said work is progressing to restart the compressor that malfunctioned last week at its oil refinery in Beaumont, Texas. The compressor snag occurred at the same coker unit recently restarted after several weeks of turnaround maintenance; it had reached normal operating rates on May 10, the company said at that time.

Separately, on May 14, Exxon Mobil said a hydrocracker unit taken off line on May 10 is returning to normal operations following repairs to its recycle compressor.

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.

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 seen       May 17 
         PA                   restarting on May 17; it was 
                              shut by May 9 fire. 
 
MIDWEST 
 
Delek    El Dorado      70.0  Rates reduced by 10K b/d due 
                              crude oil delivery suspension 
                              by Exxon Mobil. Additional 
                              supply has been secured, the 
 
Valero   Memphis, TN   195.0  Brief power outage on May 15 
                              had no material impact to 
                              production, the co. said on 
                              May 16. 
 
GULF COAST 
 
Delek    Tyler, TX      62.0  Rates reduced to 45k-50K b/d 
                              until end-May while repairs 
                              continue at FCCU shut by May 
                              7 power failure, the co.said 
                              on May 15. 
 
 
Exxon    Beaumont      345.0  Work to restart coker unit 
Mobil    TX                   compressor continues, the co. 
                              said on May 14. 
 
                              Hydrocracker unit shut on May      May 14 
                              10 is returning to normal ops, 
                              the co. said on May 14. 
 
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 
                              interruption. 
 
                              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                            continue following power out- 
                              age earlier in the day, the co. 
                              on May 12- filing. 
 
Valero   Port Arthur   310.0  Wet gas compressor at coker 
         TX                   unit tripped on May 15; no 
                              material impact to production 
                              the co. said on May 16. 
 
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 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. 
 
 
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. 
 
GULF COAST 
 
BP       Texas City    406.6  FCCU No. 3 and Alkylation unit     N/A 
         TX                   down for routine maintenance that 
                              began around Jan. 5 continues, a 
                              person familiar with the refinery 
                              said on May 11. 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 16 said the alky and    June 1 
                              FCCU shut Jan 2 for turnaround 
                              are restarting and at normal rates 
                              by June 1. 
 
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 

(MORE TO FOLLOW) Dow Jones Newswires

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