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Refinery Status: Leak, Fire at LyondellBasell Refinery Didn't Cause Damage

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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.

LyondellBasell Industries N.V. (LYB) reported that a small fire in its Houston refinery's hydrotreater was extinguished Tuesday and didn't cause any damage and operations at the 268,000 barrel-a-day refinery weren't affected.

A fire at Phillips 66's (PSX) Los Angeles area refinery was extinguished Tuesday, company spokesman Rich Johnson said Wednesday.

Mr. Johnson said the fire in a coking unit was small, put out quickly, and caused no injuries.

Phillips 66 (PSX) on April 3 said that planned maintenance was recently concluded, on schedule, at its Lake Charles refinery in Westlake, La. The company didn't specify what unit, or units, were involved in this round of maintenance.

Phillips 66 was making progress toward restarting some units April 3 at its Ponca City, Okla., refinery following severe weather over the weekend. Several units were temporarily shut down over the weekend due to storms. Some units have been restarted.

BP PLC (BP) has said flaring at its Carson, Calif., refinery will last until April 6. A person familiar with the refinery's operations said the flaring is due to planned work at the plant's hydrotreater unit.

Chevron (CVX) said repair work is completed at its Richmond, Calif., refinery, but there are still regulatory steps before the crude processing unit taken out by a fire in August can restart. Normal operations expected in the second quarter.

Phillips 66 reported flaring at its Wood River refinery in Roxana, Ill., April 2 after a compressor tripped offline, according to a filing with Illinois regulators. The company said planned work is ongoing at the refinery.

Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) reported flaring at its Benicia, Calif., refinery Monday, according to a filing with the California Emergency Management Agency. The flaring is part of ongoing work on one of the hydrogen plants at the refinery and had no production impact, a spokesman said.

Planned work at HollyFrontier Corp.'s (HFC) El Dorado, Kan., refinery is under way, the company said in a filing with the U.S. National Response Center released Tuesday.

LyondellBasell (LYB) has finished maintenance work at its Houston refinery and all units that were being worked on have returned to service, company spokesman David Harpole said Monday.

Citgo Corp. reported an oil line leak in a fluid catalytic cracking unit at its Corpus Christi, Texas, refinery on Monday, prompting an emergency shutdown, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Five weeks of planned work on Valero Energy Corp.'s McKee refinery in Sunray, Texas, is under way, Valero spokesman Bill Day said Monday.

Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA, RDSB, RDSA.LN, RDSB.LN) last week reported that a gasoline-making unit at its Anacortes, Wash., refinery was up and running after a leak in the fluid catalytic cracking unit, or FCCU, was found on March 24. A filing on March 24 said the repairs would take three days, after which the unit would be restarted March 27. On March 28, the company reported to the agency that the unit was up and running "but not on spec yet."

Philadelphia Energy Solutions restarted the FCCU 1232, hydrodesulfurization unit and alkylation unit at its Girard Point refinery in Philadelphia between March 24 and March 27, according to a government filing made public Thursday.

Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) on March 27 said planned maintenance activities are currently under way at its 78,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Canton, Ohio. A company spokesman said several units are scheduled for maintenance in this round of work including a shutdown of the plant's key gasoline-making fluid catalytic cracking units and the crude unit.

Marathon Petroleum Corp. reported planned maintenance at the FCCU 1 at its Galveston Bay refinery in Texas City, Texas.

Phillips 66 experienced a compressor problem March 25 at its refinery in Sweeny, Texas, according to a government filing. The malfunction resulted in lower production rates, Phillips 66 said in its filing with the National Response Center.

Northern Tier Energy LP (NTI) in April will shut its Saint Paul Park, Minn., refinery for about 25 days to complete its expansion project that will increase crude-oil throughput of Bakken crude by 10%, or about 8,000 barrels a day, the company said during its fourth-quarter and full-year 2012 earnings call March 14. The starting date of the planned shutdown wasn't specified.

Turnaround maintenance also is planned in October at the plant's key gasoline-making fluid catalytic cracking unit. The start date of that work also wasn't specified, but it will last most of the month.

Citgo Corp.'s Lake Charles, La., refinery has experienced two upsets in as many days, according to two separate filings to the U.S. 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 wasn't available to comment.

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

Operator Refinery Capacity Description Restart

(in 000s







Citgo Lake Charles 425.0 Coker One Unit flared on March

13 and B-Reformer Unit leak on

March 12 released distillate.

Impact to production unclear.

Citgo Corpus Christi 163 Reported an oil-line leak in No. 2

FCCU April 1, prompting a

shut down.

Total Port Arthur 174.0 Emissions reported on March 14

Petro- Texas due to leak at alkylation unit's

chemicals cooling tower. Impact unclear.

Valero Port Arthur 292.0 Early day electrical fault on

Energy Texas March 13 had no material im-

pact to production. All units

in operation, the company said.

Marathon Texas City, 451.0 Performing work on FCCU 1, according

Petroleum Texas to March 27 filing.


BP PLC Oregon, Ohio 160.0 Equipment malfunction on March 10

at tail gas thermal oxidizer re-

sults in hydrogen sulfide release.

No impact to production, a per-

son familiar with operations said.

Marathon Canton, 78.0 Crude unit, FCCU and other units

Petroleum Ohio undergoing maintenance, company

said March 27. No restart date


Phillips Ponca City 198 Some units shut after severe weather

66 Okla. company said April 1. Some units had

restarted and others were making progress

toward restarting April 3.



Valero Benicia, 132.0 Hydrocracking unit restarted

Energy Calif. March 21 after being shut due to

hydrogen plant upset on March 10.



Husky Saskatchewan Major turnaround to take place Spring

Energy in spring of 2013. Plant-wide 2013

shutdown is planned for in-

spection and equipment repairs.

Valero Quebec 100.0 Plant-wide shutdown for turn- June

Energy around work will begin in April 2013

and continue for nine weeks.


Valero Aruba Refinery will be converted to a

terminal while the company con-

tinues to seek a buyer.


PBF Delaware 182.2 Work will be done on fluid coker 4Q

Energy City, Del. during the 4Q 2013. 2013

Paulsboro, 160.0 Crude unit maintenance in 4Q 4Q

N.J. 2013. 2013


Alon Big Spring, 70.0 Refinery will operate at about

USA Texas 60,000-b/d in 1Q during mainte-


Alon Krotz Springs, 83.0 Refinery will operate at about

USA La. 57,000-b/d in 1Q during mainte-


Exxon Baytown, 560.5 Coker unit undergoing planned

Mobil Texas maintenance, the company said

Jan. 16. The start date and

restart timing weren't provided.

Valero Sunray, 170.0 Five weeks of work on the crude May

McKee Texas unit to begin in April, the 2013

company said Jan. 29. Work was origi-

nally set to begin in March for

four weeks.

Western El Paso, 122.0 Company will perform turnaround

Texas on north side of refinery

starting in February.


BP Whiting, 336.0 Largest of three CDUs shut for Mid-2013

Ind. replacement, the company said

on Oct. 31 as part of major

expansion project. Completion on

track for second-half 2013.

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