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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.

Tesoro Corp. (TSO) on Tuesday said it will stop producing fuel at its refinery in Kapolei, Hawaii, and convert the facility to an import, storage and distribution terminal since it has been unable to sell the facility since January 2012. The conversion is expected to occur in April.

Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) on Tuesday said the FCCU and alkylation unit at its Los Angeles-area refinery remain shuttered while work to repair a leak at the plant's alkylation unit continues. The units were taken out of service on Dec. 22 when the leak was discovered, the company said.

Motiva Enterprises on Monday said the restart of the 325,000 barrel-a-day crude unit refinery expansion at its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery was halted when a leak was discovered the day before. It was the third restart attempt in 30 days and followed six months of repairs for a chemical leak. The company still expects the unit to be fully operational early this year.

BP PLC (BP, BP.LN) on Sunday began five weeks of planned maintenance at its Carson, Calif. The FCCU and alkylation unit are among the units slated for work. The flaring may be visible 6 for approximately 10 days from the start of the work, a filing to California state regulators said.

Chevron (CVX) on Jan. 15 will begin turnaround maintenance at its El Segundo, Calif., refinery's FCCU and alkylation unit, traders doing business with the company said. The duration of the turnaround wasn't known.

Tesoro Corp. on Jan. 3 said it will shut a FCCU, alkylation unit and hydrotreater at its Wilmington, Calif., refinery for turnaround maintenance according to traders doing business with the refinery. The duration of the turnaround wasn't known.

Monroe Energy, a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines Inc. on Dec. 30 shut a fluid catalytic cracker at it refinery in Trainer, Pennsylvania, according to a jet fuel trader. The unit may be down for almost two weeks.

Motiva Enterprises LLC said Dec. 29 a wet gas compressor at its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery experienced an emergency shutdown and charge rates were reduced to help stabilize operations for its restart, a filing to Texas regulators said.

Chevron Corp. on Dec. 27 said it had received permits to proceed with needed repairs to its Richmond, Calif., refinery to bring the facility back to full production after an August fire. A spokesman said these were the last significant outstanding permits. The company still expects the repair process to be completed in the first quarter of 2013.

A unit of a Borger, Texas, refinery was undergoing maintenance from Dec. 25 to Jan. 8, according to a filing with state pollution regulators. Work is scheduled to be done on fluid catalytic cracker electrostatic precipitators. The Borger refinery, a joint venture between Phillips 66 (PSX) and Cenovus Energy, has a capacity of 146,000 barrels a day.

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

Operator Refinery Capacity Description Restart

(in 000s






Monroe Trainer 185.0 FCCU shut Dec. 30 for two weeks

Energy PA


Motiva Port Arthur 325.0 Expansion project CDU shut Jan.

TX 6 when leak was discovered halt-

ing third restart attempt in 30

days. Unit still expected to be

operational early in 2013, the

company said. Shut in May after

initial startup due to corrosion





Valero Wilmington 135.0 FCCU, alkylation unit still shut NA

Energy CA to repair leak at alky unit, the

co. said Jan. 8. The units were

shut Dec. 22. No restart estimate.



Husky Saskatchewan Major turnaround to take place Spring

in spring of 2013. Plant-wide 2013

Energy shutdown is planned for inspec-

tion and equipment repairs.


Valero Aruba Refinery will be converted to a

terminal while the company con-

tinues to seek a buyer, the

company said Sept. 4.


Sunoco Marcus Hook 190.0 Plant shuttered in December 2011

due to poor refining economics. It

will reopen to process Marcellus

shale the company said.



Exxon Joliet 238.6 Flaring reported Dec. 26 as un- Dec. 26

IL specified unit restarted from

unplanned maintenance.



Chevron Richmond 230.0 Richmond City Council on Nov. 1Q 2013

CA 20 asked Chevron to delay CDU No.

4 repairs until the investiga-

tion into the cause of the Aug.

6 fire is complete. The refinery

has been at reduced rates since

then. No other units were affect- the

ed by the fire. The CDU restart

is on target for 1Q 2013.

Valero Wilmington 135.0 FCCU, Alkylation Unit remain shut

CA while work to repair leak contin-

ues the co. said on Jan. 8. The

units were taken out of service

on Dec. 22 when leak was discover-

ed. No restart estimate.



Husky Saskatchewan Major turnaround to take place Spring

in spring of 2013. Plant-wide 2013

shutdown is planned for inspec-

tion and equipment repairs.


Valero Aruba Refinery will be converted to a

terminal while the company con-

tinues to seek a buyer, the company

said on Sept. 4.


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 on Nov. 8.


Phillips Borger 146.0 Unit 40 FCC electrostatic pre- Jan. 8

66 TX cipitators scheduled for main-

tenance Dec. 25-Jan. 8.

Valero Corpus 200.0 FCC will be shut for six weeks Feb/Mar

Christi, TX turnaround maintenance starting 2013

in January, the company said Oct.


Valero Sunray TX 170.0 Four weeks of work on the crude March, 2013

McKee unit to begin in March 2013,

the company said Oct. 30.

Valero Norco 185.0 Hydrocracker project will 1st Q

finish in first quarter of 2013 2013

and start operating in the

second quarter, the co. said

on Oct. 10.

Upgrade project to build 2012

a new diesel hydrotreater

unit moved from 2010 to

4Q 2012.

Valero Port Arthur 325.0 Hydrocracker project will pro- Late

TX ceed and be completed in late 2012

2012. Unit startup is underway Dec.


Valero Texas City 225.0 FCCU maintenance for 8 weeks March

TX will begin in January 2013 2013

company said on Oct. 30.

Western El Paso 122.0 Company will perform turnaround

TX on north side of refinery

starting in February.


BP Whiting 336.0 Largest of 3 CDUs will soon shut 2nd Half

IN for replacement the company said 2013

on Oct. 31 as part of major expan-

sion project. Completion on track

for second-half 2013.

CVR Coffeyville 115.7 Planned maintenance underway as

Energy KS of Dec. 2. Scope and length of

maintenance unknown.

Holly Tulsa 125.0 The entire refinery will be shut Late

Frontier OK while West Plant section under- 2012

goes major turnaround maintenance

in late 2012, the company said on

Aug. 5, 2011.

Holly El Dorado 139.0 Coker unit undergoing maintenance

Frontier KS until further notice, traders said

on Sept. 14. No significant impact

to production is expected.

Husky Lima 160.0 15-day maintenance planned at 4Q

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