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Refinery Status: Exxon Peforming Maintenance at Torrance Refinery

03/20/2013 | 11:17am 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.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (>> Exxon Mobil Corporation) will flare gases at its refinery in Torrance, Calif., until March 22 as it performs maintenance at one of the units, the company said March 19. No impact to production was expected, the company said.

Chevron Corp. (>> Chevron Corporation) will be ready to restart the crude distillation unit at its refinery in Richmond, Calif., by the end of March, the company said March 18. Chevron on March 11 restarted a major electrical unit at its refinery in Richmond, Calif. The unspecified unit had been shut down to investigate the cause of the upset, a filing to local environmental regulators said.

Philadelphia Energy restarted 137 crude unit at Girard Point March 13 after turnaround and 869 alkylation unit at Point Breeze March 8 after turnaround, a filing to Philadelphia regulators made available March 15 said.

BP PLC (BP, BP.LN) on March 15 reported possible flaring at its oil refinery in Carson, Calif. beginning Sunday for about 11 days. Work to swap a piece of ancillary equipment will complete recent turnaround maintenance at the plant's FCCU. The unit won't be shut down and no material impact to production is expected, a person familiar with operations at the refinery said.

Northern Tier Energy LP (>> Northern Tier Energy LP) in April will shut its Saint Paul Park, Minn., refinery for about 25 days to complete its expansion project that will increase crude-oil throughput of Bakken crude by 10%, or about 8,000 barrels-a-day, the company said during its fourth-quarter and full-year 2012 earnings call March 14. The starting date of the planned shutdown wasn't specified.

Turnaround maintenance is also planned in October at the plant's key gasoline-making fluid catalytic cracking unit. The start date of that work also wasn't specified, but it will last most of the month.

Total Petrochemicals on March 14 reported emissions at its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery due to leaking exchangers at an alkylation unit's cooling tower, a filing to regulators said. The impact of event on production wasn't specified.

Valero Energy Corp. (>> Valero Energy Corporation) on March 14 said a notice to California regulators was filed in advance of valve work planned at a propane tank at its Los Angeles-area refinery in Wilmington, beginning March 15 for five days. The work will have no material impact to production.

Citgo Corp.'s Lake Charles, La., refinery has experienced two upsets in as many days, according to two separate filings to the U.S. National Response Center. On March 13, a compressor at the refinery's Coker One Unit began flaring a release of hydrogen sulfide, and on March 12 a leak at the B-Reformer Unit released an unknown quantity of distillate into the atmosphere. The cause of these events were not known. Citgo wasn't available to comment.

Valero Energy Corp. (>> Valero Energy Corporation) on March 13 said an early-day electrical upset at its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery had no material impact to production. All units were in operation, the company spokesman said.

Phillips 66 (>> Phillips 66) on March 13 said maintenance at a key gasoline-making unit's wet gas compressor at its Borger, Texas, refinery concluded. The planned work got under way Feb. 27.

Valero on March 11 said the new 57,000 barrels-a-day hydrocracking unit at its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery was shut for compressor repairs. The same unit had returned to service March 4 after a five-day unplanned shutdown. A second 45,000 barrels-a-day hydrocracking unit is operating normally, a company spokesman said.

Valero on March 11 said a hydrogen plant upset at its Benicia, Calif., refinery forced the shutdown of a hydrocracking unit March 10. A restart timing isn't yet available.

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 
 
GULF COAST 
 
Citgo    Lake Charles  425.0  Coker One Unit flared on March 
                              13 and B-Reformer Unit leak on 
                              March 12 released distillate. 
                              Impact to production unclear. 
 
Phillips Sweeny, Texas 247.0  Refinery in restart on March 10  March 14- 
66                            following loss of third-party          16 
                              power earlier the same day. 
                              Power fully restored, the co. 
                              said on March 11; normal ops 
                              will take several days. 
 
Shell    Deer Park     327.0  Small fire on March 10 quickly 
Oil      Texas                extinguished by on-site first 
                              responders, to co. said. No 
                              further detail provided. 
                              Flaring of acid gas on March 
                              9 due to equipment failure re- 
                              ported to regulators. Impact 
                              on production unclear. 
 
Total    Port Arthur   174.0  Emissions reported on March 14 
Petro-   Texas                due to leak at alkylation unit's 
chemicals                     cooling tower. Impact unclear. 
 
Valero   Port Arthur   292.0  Early day electrical fault on 
Energy   Texas                March 13 had no material im- 
                              pact to production. All units 
                              in operation, the co. said. 
 
                              New hydrocracking unit shut for 
                              compressor repair on March 10. 
                              No restart estimate available. 
 
MIDWEST 
 
BP PLC   Oregon, Ohio  160.0  Equipment malfunction on March 10 
                              at tail gas thermal oxidizer re- 
                              sults in hydrogen sulfide release. 
                              No impact to production, a per- 
                              son familiar with operations said. 
 
ROCKIES 
 
WEST COAST 
 
Chevron  Richmond      245.0  Unspecified "major" electrical     March 11 
         Calif.               restarted on March 11 after 
                              tripping offline. The unit had 
                              been shut to investigate the 
                              cause of the upset. 
 
Valero   Benicia,      132.0  Hydrocracking unit shut due to 
Energy   Calif.               hydrogen plant upset on March 
                              10, the co. said on March 11. 
                              Restart timing not yet deter- 
                              mined. 
 
PLANNED 
 
CANADA 
 
Husky    Saskatchewan         Major turnaround to take place     Spring 
Energy                        in spring of 2013. Plant-wide      2013 
                              shutdown is planned for in- 
                              spection and equipment repairs. 
 
Valero   Quebec        100.0  Plant-wide shutdown for turn-      June 
Energy                        around work will begin in April    2013 
                              and continue for nine weeks. 
 
CARIBBEAN 
 
Valero   Aruba                Refinery will be converted to a 
                              terminal while the company con- 
                              tinues to seek a buyer. 
 
EAST COAST 
 
PES      Philadelphia  335.0  CDU at Girard Point restarted      March 13 
         Pa.                  on March 13 after turnaround. 
                              Alkylation unit 869 at Point 
                              Breeze restarted on March 8        March 8 
                              after turnaround. 
                              Aklylation Unit 433 shut March 
                              5 after March 3 restart following 
                              turnaround. No status update a/o 
                              March 15. 
 
PBF      Delaware      182.2  Work will be done on fluid coker   4Q 
Energy   City, Del.           during the 4Q 2013.                2013 
 
         Paulsboro,   160.0  Crude unit maintenance in 4Q        4Q 
         N.J.                2013.                               2013 
 
 
GULF COAST 
 
Alon     Big Spring,    70.0  Refinery will operate at about 
USA      Texas                60,000-b/d in 1Q during mainte- 
                              nance. 
 
Alon     Krotz Springs, 83.0  Refinery will operate at about 
USA      La.                  57,000-b/d in 1Q during mainte- 
                              nance. 
 
Exxon    Baytown,      560.5  Coker unit undergoing planned 
Mobil    Texas                maintenance, the company said 
                              Jan. 16. The start date and 
                              restart timing wasn't provided. 
 
Houston  Houston,      268.0  A crude and coker unit are in      March 
Refining Texas                early stage of shutdown for        2013 
                              turnaround maintenance, the 
                              company said on Feb. 1. 
                              Throughput reduced by 
                              80,000 barrels a day until work 
                              concludes within first quarter. 
 
Phillips Borger,       146.0  Work on Unit 40 FCCU wet gas       March 8 
         Texas                compressor concluded as of 
                              March 11, as planned, the co. 
                              The planned work started on 
                              Feb. 27. 
 
Valero   Sunray,       170.0  Five weeks of work on the crude    May 
McKee    Texas                unit to begin in April, the co.    2013 
                              said on Jan. 29. Work was origi- 
                              nally set to begin in March for 
                              four weeks. 
 

(MORE TO FOLLOW) Dow Jones Newswires

03-20-13 1216ET

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