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Refinery Status: Chevron Receives Repair Permits for Richmond

12/28/2012 | 12:13pm 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.

Chevron Corp. (>> Chevron Corporation) said Thursday that it had received permits to proceed with needed repairs to its Richmond, CA refinery to bring the facility back to full production. A spokesman said these were the last significant outstanding permits. The company still expects the repair process to be completed in the first quarter of 2013.

Citgo Petroleum Corp. reported flaring at its Lake Charles, La., refinery Wednesday in a filing with the National Response Center released Dec. 27. The 427,800-barrel-a-day refinery released "various materials" from a coker unit due to unknown causes, the filing stated. The company said the coker unit experienced a "minor issue" that did not impact production.

Citgo Petroleum Corp. reported Dec. 27 that its west plant in Corpus Christi is back to normal operating conditions after an earlier report of a power outage. The refinery experienced an electrical power "blip" that affected some operations, according to an advisory with the Corpus Christi Local Emergency Planning Committee that same day.

A spokesman for Valero Energy Corp. (>> Valero Energy Corporation) said Dec. 27 that there was no production impact from flaring reported at the company's McKee refinery in Sunray, Texas.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (>> Exxon Mobil Corporation) reported flaring at its Joliet, Illinois refinery as a unit restarted from an unplanned shut down. The flaring at the 238,600 barrel-a-day refinery was ongoing as of the Dec. 26 filing with the National Response Center, which was made public Dec. 27.

A power outage at Royal Dutch Shell PLC's (RDSA, RDSA.LN) 166,000 barrel a day refinery in Martinez, California causing flaring there, according to a filing dated Dec. 25 with the California Emergency Management Agency.

A unit of a Borger, Texas, refinery will undergo maintenance from Dec. 25 to Jan. 8, according to a filing with state pollution regulators. Work is scheduled to be done on fluid catalytic cracker electrostatic precipitators. The Borger refinery, a joint venture between Phillips 66 and Cenovus Energy, has a capacity of 146,000 barrels a day.

Exxon Mobil Corp (>> Exxon Mobil Corporation) reported in a filing made public Dec. 22 that a "minor operational issue" at its Baytown, Texas refinery causing flaring, but it had minimal impact on production. A spokesman said the refinery would meet all its commitments.

Motiva Enterprises LLC will take a few more days to restart its expanded refinery segment in Port Arthur, Texas, a person familiar with the refinery said Dec. 22. The person had said Dec. 18 that Motiva would take a crude distillation unit offline until Dec. 22 at its expanded refinery segment in Port Arthur, Texas, to continue the repairs that had been ongoing for the past six months.

BP PLC (>> BP plc) said in a Dec. 19 filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that it will perform routine maintenance the fluid catalytic cracking unit No. 1 at its refinery in Texas City, Texas.

CVR Energy Inc. (>> CVR Energy, Inc.) said a maintenance shutdown Monday at its refinery in Wynnewood, Okla., caused hydrogen sulfide to be sent to a flare for burning, according to a government filing made public Tuesday.

Total SA (TOT, FP.FR) said Dec. 17 the sulfur-recovery unit malfunctioned at its 232,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, according to a government filing.

Marathon Petroleum Corp. (>> Marathon Petroleum Corp) said on Dec. 15 a leak in an unspecified piece of equipment at its refinery in Garyville, La., causing the unit to be shut down, according to a government filing.

Phillips 66 (>> Phillips 66) reported flaring caused by the loss of a wet gas compressor at its Wood River refinery Dec. 12 in a filing with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. The refinery, in Roxana, Ill., has a capacity of 328,000 barrels a day.

Valero Energy Corp. (>> Valero Energy Corporation) reported a mechanical problem at its Wilmington, Calif., refinery resulted in flaring Dec. 9, but said production was not affected.

Valero Energy Corp. reported an upset at its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery Dec. 9, but said there was no material impact to production.

A Phillips 66 spokesman said Dec. 10 that recent planned maintenance at the 146,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Borger, Texas, had been completed. The company said Dec. 7 that it was shutting down its Unit 29 fluid catalytic cracking unit at its 146,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Borger, Texas. Phillips 66 said it would conduct work on Unit 29 after finishing working on FCCU No. 40, which is now believed to be back online.

Alon USA Energy Inc. (>> Alon USA Energy, Inc.) reported an upset in the fluid catalytic cracker of its Big Spring, Texas, refinery on Dec. 9, according to a report filed with state regulators.

Phillips 66 reported in government filings that a compressor seal failed on a cracker unit at its Wood River refinery in Roxana, Ill., on Dec. 8 leading to the release of hydrogen sulfide. A company spokesman declined to comment.

Valero Energy Corp. reported flaring associated with starting up the hydrocracker at its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery Dec. 7. A company spokesman said the unit will be operational by the end of the month.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (>> Exxon Mobil Corporation) reported in a government filing Dec. 8 that an over pressuring incident at its Baton Rouge refinery resulted in flaring there. The refinery has a capacity of 502,500 barrels a day.

BP PLC was planning maintenance at its 235,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Carson, Calif., a person familiar with the refinery said Dec. 7. The work on unspecified units would result in four days of flaring starting Dec. 9.

Phillips 66 said Dec. 7 that it was shutting down its Unit 29 fluid catalytic cracking unit at its 146,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Borger, Texas. Phillips 66 said it would conduct work on Unit 29 after finishing working on FCCU No. 40, which is now believed to be back online.

CVR Energy Inc. reported emissions Dec. 7 stemming from continuing maintenance at its refineries in Coffeyville, Kan., and Wynnewood, Okla., according to a filing with the National Response Center.

Tesoro Corp. (>> Tesoro Corporation) on Dec. 6 restarted an unspecified unit at its 144,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Martinez, Calif., according to a filing with state regulators.

Citgo Petroleum Corp. reported an upset at an unspecified unit Dec. 2 at its 167,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Lemont, Ill., according to a government filing.

Hess Corp. (>> Hess Corp.) on Nov. 29 said the process of restarting its 70,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Port Reading, N.J., is under way and production is expected to resume by the end of the week. A power dip on Nov. 27 caused the plant-wide shutdown, but didn't damage any process units.

Shell Oil Company (RDSA) on Nov. 26 said a release of hydrogen sulfide on Nov. 24 at its oil refinery in Martinez, Calif., necessitated reducing feed to an unspecified unit to diminish the emission. A report to the California Emergency Management Agency said a venting pressure relief valve had caused the release. The company wouldn't identify the unit or comment on the status of operations.

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 
 
Hess     Port Reading   70.0  Refinery in restart mode on Nov. 
Corp.                         29 and expected to resume produc- 
                              tion by the end of the week fol- 
                              lowing the Nov. 27 power dip 
                              that shut all process units, the 
                              company said. 
GULF COAST 
 
Alon     Big Spring    67.    Problem with blower in FCCU Dec. 9 
         TX                   caused flaring. 
 
BP       Texas City    450.0  FCCU No. 1 restarted on Nov.       Nov. 23 
                              23 after shutting down unplan- 
                              ned the week before - filing. 
Citgo    Corpus Christi 163.0 Power "blip" Dec. 27 caused operational 
                              issues but refinery is back to normal. 
         Lake Charles   427.8 Reported flaring from coker Dec. 26 due 
         LA                   to unknown causes. 
 
Exxon    Baytown, TX   560.5   Flaring after a minor operational issue 
                             reported Dec. 22,but company said there was 
                            minimal production impact. 
 
Valero  McKee    TX    156.0  Brief flaring reported Dec. 26 but no 
                              material impact to production. 
 
MIDWEST 
 
Citgo    Lemont, IL    167.0  Unspecified unit restarted on 
                              Nov. 23, a filing said. No 
                              other details provided. 
Exxon    Joliet, IL    238.6  Flaring reported Dec. 26 as unspecified unit restarted 
                              from unplanned shutdown. 
 
NCRA     McPherson      85.0  Emissions reported on Nov. 23 
         KS                   from a boiler house, a filing 
                              said. Impact to production unclear. 
 
Phillips Roxana         328.0 Company reported down wet gas compressor 
66       IL                   led to flaring Dec. 12. 
 
ROCKIES 
 
WEST COAST 
 
BP       Carson, CA    266.0  Flaring planned for the three days 
                              after Dec. 9, according to filing. 
 
Chevron  Richmond,     230.0  Richmond City Council on Nov. 20   1Q 2013 
         CA                   asked Chevron to delay repairs 
                              to CDU No. 4 until the investi- 
                              gation into the cause of the Aug. 
                              6 fire is complete. Refinery 
                              at reduced rates since then. No 

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