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.
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Operator Refinery Capacity Description Restart
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.
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.
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-
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.
Valero Aruba Refinery will be converted to a
terminal while the company con-
tinues to seek a buyer.
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
Aklylation Unit 433 shut March
5 after March 3 restart following
turnaround. No status update a/o
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
Alon Big Spring, 70.0 Refinery will operate at about
USA Texas 60,000-b/d in 1Q during mainte-
Alon Krotz Springs, 83.0 Refinery will operate at about
USA La. 57,000-b/d in 1Q during mainte-
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
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
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