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Refinery watch: Planned and unplanned US outages

06.24.2013  | 

ExxonMobil shut down the crude-distillation unit at its refinery in Torrance, Calif., for unplanned maintenance, the company said June 20. Exxon didn't say how long maintenance was expected to last. Motiva Enterprises shut down a production unit at its refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, on June 14.

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The following table lists planned and unplanned production outages at US 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.


ExxonMobil shut down the crude-distillation unit at its refinery in Torrance, Calif., for unplanned maintenance, the company said June 20. The company didn't say how long maintenance was expected to last.

Motiva Enterprises shut down a production unit at its refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, on June 14 after discovering a possible leak, according to a government filing.

Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. said June 10 that Syncrude Canada advanced 50 days of planned turnaround maintenance on Coker 8-1 at the northern Alberta oil sands project. The turnaround was scheduled to occur in the second half of 2013 but was advanced because of reduced throughput.

Several units at Marathon Petroleum's 80,000-bpd refinery in Texas City, Texas, remained off line June 10 following a leak at the refinery's FCCU, the company said.

Flint Hills Resources on June 7 said a coker unit wet-gas compressor at its Corpus Christi, Texas, refinery's west plant was restarted after tripping offline, according to a report to environmental regulators. Flaring occurred for about 26 minutes, and the coker unit was brought down "to a safe state." It wasn't clear whether the coker unit had been returned to normal operations.

Alon USA Energy on June 7 said a reformer unit at its refinery in Krotz Springs, La., was restarted after shutting down for unplanned repairs late in April.

Phillips 66 on June 6 said planned work is currently under way at its Wood River Refinery in Roxana, Ill. The company didn't elaborate on the scope of the maintenance, when it began or how long it would continue.

Motiva Enterprises on June 6 said planned maintenance on a delayed coker unit's gas-recovery system at its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery under way since June 3 resulted in flaring. A filing to environmental regulators made available on June 5 didn't specify whether the work was planned or unplanned. It did say operations were slowed to stabilize the unit and to minimize flaring. The current status of operations isn't clear.

CVR Refining said unplanned sulfur-recovery unit maintenance on June 5 at its Wynnewood, Okla., refinery resulted in flaring an emission of hydrogen sulfide, according to a filing to the US National Response Center. The report didn't specify whether the work was impacting production at the 70,000-bpd refinery.


Dow Jones Newswires



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