Refinery watch: Planned and unplanned US outages (1)

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.

Citgo Petroleum shut down several units June 12 at its refinery in Lemont, Ill., after the facility was struck by lightning, according to a government filing.

Canadian Oil Sands 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.

ExxonMobil completed maintenance work at its 250,000 bpd refinery in Joliet, Ill., the company said June 9. Refinery operations are returning to normal, a company spokeswoman 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 off-line, 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, Louisiana, was restarted on Thursday after shutting down for unplanned repairs late in April.

Sinclair Oil on June 6 said a process unit at its Casper Refinery near Rawlins, Wyo., was restarting after a power outage the day before, according to a report on Wyoming's Star Tribune website.

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.

Tesoro on June 2 reported the start-up of a H2SO4 Plant at its Golden Eagle refinery in Martinez, Calif. to state environmental regulators. It wasn't clear when the unit was taken out of service or whether it had an impact to production.

Valero Energy on June 3 said some units at its Jean Gaulin refinery in Quebec, Canada, have begun the restart process following nine weeks of plant-wide turnaround maintenance. It will be another several days before the refinery is back at planned rates.

Dow Jones Newswires

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