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Refinery Status: Valero FCC Resumes Planned Rates

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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.

A 78,000 barrel-a-day fluid catalytic cracking unit at Valero's 290,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Port Arthur, Tx., is retuning to planned rates on June 22, after run cuts were enacted on June 10 due to problems with air blowers, according to Valero spokesman Bill Day

A fire was extinguished on June 21 at BP's 405,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Whiting, Indiana, according to trading sources doing business with the company. There wasn't any indication of affected units and the refinery was operaing normally. Two workers were injured.

In additon to the recent shutdown of a 325,000 barrel-a-day crude unit at Motiva Enterprises 600,000 barrel-a-day Port Arthur, Tx., refinery, the company will also be taking a reformer and hydrotreater out of service, according to traders and marketers doing business with the company.

Citgo's 167,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Lemont, Illinois, was affected by an instrument failure, which relased sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere the morning of June 19, according to a filing provided by the US National Response Center. No specific refining unit was mentioned in the NRC filing.

A crude unit was upset on June 19 at the 122,000 barrel-a-day refinery in El Paso, Texas, refinery owned by Western Refinng Inc, according to the Texas Comission On Environmental Quality. The unit was taken out of service for a day due to an interruption in feedstock supply and a flaring event was seen for 14 hours.

A sulfur unit tripped on June 18, at the 139,000 barrel-a-day HollyFrontier refinery in El Dorado, Kansas, according to a notice from the National Response Center. The duration of the hydrogen sulfide release was about one hour.

A power loss took place at Phillips 66, 260,000 barrel-a-day Westlake, LA., refinery on June 16, according to the National Response Center. The power outage was of short duration and an affected unit was restarted.

An emissions event took place on June 15 at Phillips 66, 105,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Ferndale, Wa., according to the National Response Center. The duration of the even was only one hour and no firm indications were forthcomng regarding the effect on any refinery units.

A planned flaring event is scheduled to take place at BP's 265,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Carson, Calif., from June 18 through June 25, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. No firm indication was given as to shich units will be affected.

Citgo on June 12 said planned turnaround maintenance at unspecified process units at its Lemont, Illinois, refinery had been completed. The work began at the end of April and traders doing business in the region said a crude unit was one of the units slated work.

Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) on June 12 said the leak in an LPG line leading to a hydrocracker unit at its Corpus Christi, Texas, refinery had been repaired. The leak was discovered the day before and the hydrocracker continued to operate during the work, the company said.

An FCCU at Valero's Port Arthur, Texas, refinery continues to operate at a slightly reduced rate while work continues to repair associated blowers, the company said on June 12.

The smallest of three crude distillation units at BP PLC's (BP, BP.LN) Whiting, Indiana, refinery was restarted over the weekend, a source familiar with the plant said on June 11. It was taken out of service for unplanned work around June 1.

Delek US Holdings (DK) on June 11 said a malfunction at sulfur recovery unit 1 at its Tyler, Texas, refinery caused a brief period of emissions, according to a report to environmental regulators.

Motiva Enterprises'(RDSA, RDSB) newly-commissioned 325,000-barrels-a-day crude unit at it's Port Arthur, Texas, was taken out of service over the weekend for weeks, if not months, of repairs, a source familiar with operations at the plant said on June 11. The unit was commissioned into service on May 31 and shut on June 4 to repair leaking valves, the same source said at that time.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) on June 9 reported planned flaring at its Torrance, Calif., refinery to Calif. state regulators. The company on June 4 said several units, including a coker, pretreater and hydrogen unit, were scheduled for several weeks of planned maintenance and that flaring could be visible between June 4 and 13.

Shell Oil Co. (RDSA, RDSB) on June 8 reported flaring and a release of sulfur dioxide at its San Francisco-area refinery in Martinez, Calif. The cause wasn't known and no other details were provided in a filing to Calif. state regulators.

Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) on June 8 told Dow Jones Newswires that planned maintenance was under way at a number of operating units at its refinery in Robinson, Ill. No other details were provided.

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

Operator Refinery Capacity Description Restart

(in 000s








BP Texas City, 475.0 FCCU No. 3 restarted on June 5 June 5

TX after shutting down unplanned

during the restart process on

May 24. The unit was returning

from 5 months of maintenance.

Citgo Corpus 165.0 Amine system upset on June 8

Christi, TX caused SRU trains to shut down.

No other details provided -Filing

Delek Tyler, TX 62.0 Malfunction at SRU 1 on Jun 11

reported to regulators. Impact

to operations unclear.

Coker unit compressor upset

resulted in emissions at

FCCU flare on June 8 - filing.

Status of operations unclear.

Motiva Port Arthur 600.0 Newly commissioned 325,000-b/d

TX CDU was shut by a small fire

over the Jun 9-10 weekend. Re-

pairs will take several weeks.

The unit was restarting following

a Jun 4 shutdown to repair leak-

ing valves. The unit was commis-

sioned on May 31.

Valero Corpus 325.0 Leak in LPG line to hydrocrack- Jun 12

Christi, TX ing unit repaired, the co. said

on Jun 12. It was discovered the

day before and the HDC continued

to operate during the repair work.

Valero Port Arthur 310.0 FCCU operating at slightly re-

TX duced rate since June 8 to re-

pair blowers, the co. said on

Jun 12.


BP Whiting, IN 405.0 The smallest of 3 CDUs was re-

started over the weekend, a

familiar with the plant said on

Jun 11. It was shut for unplan-

ned work around Jun 1.


Suncor Commerce 94.0 FCCU down because of problem

City, CO. with compressor. No restart date



Phillips Rodeo, CA 76.0 Recent maintenance has been

66 concluded the co. said on June

5. Flaring due to restart of

unspecified unit was reported

on May 31.



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.



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-



Flint Corpus 300.0 Coker unit maintenance combined

Hills Christi TX with hydrocracker unit restart

to cause emissions and flaring

on May 12.

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.

(MORE TO FOLLOW) Dow Jones Newswires

June 22, 2012 12:31 ET (16:31 GMT)

Copyright (c) 2012 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

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