Listed below are unplanned and planned production
outages at US refineries as reported by Dow Jones Newswires.
The information is compiled from both official and unofficial
refining sources and does
not purport to be a comprehensive list.
Citgo Corp.'s Lake Charles, Louisiana
refinery has experienced two upsets in as many days, according
to two separate filings to the US 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 was not available to comment.
Valero Energy Corp. 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 on March 13 said maintenance at a key gasoline-making
unit's wet gas compressor at its Borger, Texas refinery has concluded. The planned
work started on Feb. 27.
Chevron Corp. on March 11 restarted a major
electrical unit at its refinery in Richmond, California. The
unspecified unit had been shut down to investigate the cause of
the upset, a filing to local environmental regulators said.
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 on 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, California refinery forced the shutdown of a
hydrocracking unit on March 10. A restart timing is not yet
Phillips 66 on March 11 said power to its
oil refinery in Sweeny, Texas has been fully restored and the
plant is in the process of restarting after a third-party
provided power failure on March 10. It will take several days
for the refinery to reach normal operations, a Phillips 66
A malfunction at BP-Husky Refining LLC's Toledo-area
refinery in Oregon, Ohio had no impact on production, a person
familiar with operations at the plant said on March 11. The
refinery reported emissions due to a problem at the plant's
tail-gas thermal oxidizer on March 10 to the US National
Shell Oil Co. on March 9 reported flaring
because of equipment failure at its joint venture Deer Park
Refinery in Deer Park, Texas. The snag released emissions of
acid gas to the plant's safety flare stack. No further
information was provided in the report to local environmental
regulators. Separately, Shell said a small fire on March 10 at
the Deer Park Refinery was quickly extinguished. No further
details were provided, and the impact to production was
PBF Energy Inc. on March 9 reported
flaring owing to a release of sulfur dioxide at its Delaware
City Refinery in Delaware. The unit(s)
involved in the event wasn't specified in the company's report
to local environmental regulators. Impact to production was
Dow Jones Newswires