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Refinery Status: Motiva Port Arthur Restarting FCCU at Port Arthur Refinery

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02/22/2013 | 05:27pm CEST

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.

Motiva Enterprises LLC began restarting an FCCU at its Port Arthur refinery on Feb. 21, a person familiar with the refinery's operations said Feb. 22.

Motiva Enterprises LLC on Feb. 18 shut an FCCU at its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery for unplanned repair, two people familiar with the refinery's operations said on Feb. 19. The unit is likely be up and running again within a few days after a minor problem is fixed, one person said.

Motiva Enterprises LLC on Feb. 16-17 will begin planned maintenance at Port Arthur, Texas. Units involved in the work are the main plant's coker unit, a crude unit and one of the sulfur plants, a person familiar with the refinery's operations said on Feb. 15. The restart timing wasn't known.

BP PLC (BP.LN, BP) on Feb. 14 is restarting a key gasoline-production unit FCCU and an alkylation unit at its refinery in Carson, Calif., after five weeks of planned maintenance, a person familiar with the refinery's operations said.

Tesoro Corp. (>> Tesoro Corporation) on Feb. 9 restarted an unspecified "major unit" at its Martinez, Calif., refinery, a filing made public on Feb. 13 said. In separate filings, the company reported the start up of unspecified major processing units on Feb. 8 and on Jan. 23.

Alon USA (>> Alon USA Energy, Inc.) said in a government filing on Feb. 11 the fluid catalytic cracking unit at the 67,000-barrel-a-day refinery "is currently running at minimum charge" during a wider maintenance turnaround. The company will also bring the CO boiler down for up to six days of repair work, the filing said. Alon USA Partners LP (>> Alon USA Partners LP) on Jan. 29 said 10 days of planned maintenance at its Big Spring, Texas, vacuum tower will start this month.

For more detailed information, search Dow Jones Newswires using the code N/REF.

Operator   Refinery    Capacity   Description                    Restart 
                       (in 000s 
Monroe   Trainer       185.0  Restarting FCCU on Feb. 11; unit   Feb. 11 
Energy   PA                   shut mid-Dec. for unplanned main- 
Motiva   Port Arthur   600.0  FCCU shut Feb. 18 for minor re- 
         TX                   pair. Restart expected in a few 
                              days, a person familiar with 
                              operations also said on Feb.19. 
PBF      Toledo        170.0  FCCU shut by fire on Jan. 30;      N/A 
Energy   OH                   other units at reduced rates or 
                              on standby for several weeks to 
                              facilitate repairs, the company 
                              said on Jan. 31 
Phillips Rodeo          80.0  Unspecified unit shut Feb. 4, 
66       CA                   a regulatory filing said. No 
                              further detail provided. 
Shell    Martinez      165.0  Alkylation unit shut Jan. 10       N/A 
Oil Co.  CA                   to repair "pinhole" leak in pro- 
                              pane line at the unit's reactors. 
                              No restart timing provided. 
Valero   Wilmington    135.0  Alkylation unit shut for about 
Energy   CA                   two weeks of unplanned maintenance. 
                              FCCU taken out of service to 
                              facilitate those repairs, the 
                              company said on Feb. 5. Maintenance 
                              continues, the company said Feb 20. 
Husky    Saskatchewan         Major turnaround to take place     Spring 
Energy                        in spring of 2013. Plant-wide      2013 
                              shutdown is planned for 
                              inspection and equipment repairs. 
Valero   Quebec        100.0  Plant-wide shutdown for turnaround June 
Energy                        work will begin in April and con-  2013 
                              tinue for nine weeks. 
Valero   Aruba                Refinery will be converted to a 
                              terminal while the company continues 
                              to seek a buyer. 
Hess     Port Reading   70.0  FCCU facility will be closed by     Feb. 
Corp.    NJ                   end-Feb. as the company exits the   2013 
                              refining business. 
Phila-   Philadel-     330.0  Hydrodesulfurization Unit shut     March 
delphia  phia, PA             during Feb. 8 week - filing. Re- 
Energy                        former shut for maintenance on 
                              Jan. 18 - filing. Other un- 
                              specified units are involved 
                              in this round of maintenance, 
                              under way since mid-January and 
                              to take 60 days to complete, 
                              traders said in January. 
Sunoco   Marcus Hook   190.0  Plant shuttered in December 2011 
                              due to poor refining economics 
                              will be reopened to process Marcellus 
                              shale, the company said. 
Alon     Big Spring     70.0  10 days of work will begin in      Feb. 
USA      TX                   February to repair vacuum tower. 
                              Diesel hydrotreater catalyst 
                              replacement and reformer cata- 
                              lyst regeneration will take 
                              place at the same time, the company said 
                              Jan. 29. 
Exxon    Baytown       560.5  Coker unit undergoing planned 
Mobil    TX                   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 TX                   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. 
Motiva   Port Arthur   600.0  Scheduled work at main coker 
         TX                   unit, a CDU and one of the 
                              sulfur plants began Feb 16/17, 
                              a person familiar with opera- 
                              tions said. 
Phillips Sweeny        247.0  Planned maintenance under way 
66       Old Ocean,           since Jan. 6 week continues, 
         TX                   the co. said on Feb. 20. 
Valero   Corpus        200.0  FCC will be shut for six weeks       Feb/Mar 
         Christi, TX          turnaround maintenance starting    2013 
                              Jan. 18, the company said on 
                              Jan. 17. 
Valero   Sunray   TX   170.0  Five weeks of work on the crude     May 
McKee                         unit to begin in April, the company 2013 
                              said on Jan. 29. Work was origi- 
                              nally set to begin in March for 
                              four weeks. 
Valero   Norco         185.0  Hydrocracker project will          1st Q 
         LA                   finish in first quarter of 2013    2013 
                              and start operating in the 
                              second quarter, the company said 
                              on Oct. 10. 
Valero   Texas City    245.0  FCCU maintenance for eight weeks    March 
         TX                   is under way, the company said      2013 
                              Jan. 10. 
Western  El Paso       122.0  Company will perform turnaround 
         TX                   on north side of refinery 
                              starting in February. 
BP       Whiting       336.0  Largest of three CDUs will soon    2nd Half 
         IN                   shut for replacement, the company  2013 
                              said on Oct. 31 as part of major 
                              expansion project. Completion on 
                              track for second-half 2013. 
Husky    Lima          160.0  45 days of major turnaround 
                              scheduled in 2014; 70% of units 
                              involved. Remaining 30% will 
                              undergo major turnaround in 2015, 
                              the company said Feb. 9. 
BP       Carson        266.0  FCCU and Alkylation restarting    Feb 14 
         CA                   on Feb. 14 after five weeks of 
                              planned maintenance, a person 
                              familiar with the plant said. 
BP       Blaine        226.0  Planned maintenance at unspeci- 
         WA                   fied unit(s) got under way 
                              in Jan. 21-25 week - filing. 
Chevron  El Segundo    266.0  FCCU forced offline on Jan. 12 
Corp.    CA                   when electrical lines to the unit 
                              were cut during the process of 
                              shutting it for planned maintenance. 
                              Traders previously said scheduled 
                              maintenance would begin on about 
                              Jan. 15 at the FCCU and alkylation 
                              unit. Duration isn't known. 
Chevron  Richmond      230.0  Permits received on Dec. 27 to 
Corp.    CA                   proceed with needed repair to 

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ALON USA ENERGY, INC. 0.00%-End-of-day quote.0.00%
ALON USA PARTNERS LP 0.00%-End-of-day quote.-3.16%
BP -0.19% 570.7 Delayed Quote.8.09%
CHEVRON CORPORATION -0.34% 125.54 Delayed Quote.-0.92%
EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION -0.15% 80.7 Delayed Quote.-3.56%
HESS CORPORATION -0.32% 61.4 Delayed Quote.29.77%
HUSKY ENERGY INC. -0.60% 19.84 Delayed Quote.12.34%
LYONDELLBASELL INDUSTRIES -3.02% 111.25 Delayed Quote.4.53%
PBF ENERGY INC -0.19% 47.32 Delayed Quote.33.74%
PHILLIPS 66 -0.31% 114.58 Delayed Quote.13.00%
ROYAL DUTCH SHELL -0.26% 29.135 Delayed Quote.3.94%
THE CARLYLE GROUP LP -1.32% 22.35 Delayed Quote.-1.53%
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