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US Refinery Status: Chevron Starts Turnaround at Calif Refinery
June 03, 2009

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.

Most recently, a hydrocracking unit and reformer are undergoing planned turnarond maintenance at Chevron's Richmond, Calif., refinery, traders doing business with the company said Tuesday. The work started on May 28 and is expected to last for 30 days.

The smaller of two key gasoline-making FCCU at Sunoco's (SUN) Philadelphia refinery returned to service Tuesday. The unit was taken off line in April for economic reasons, but was restarted Friday to make up for a shortfall in production following the recent shutdown of the company's Marcus Hook refinery FCCU.

Also, Motive Enterprises (RDSB) Norco, La., refinery resumed normal operations early Monday following the restart of a catalytic reformer the day before. The unit's unplanned shutdown last week reduced rates at the associated FCCU.

Citgo Corp. (PVZ.YY) Monday shut FCCU No. 1 in the East Plant section of its Corpus Christi, Texas refinery unplanned due to a problem with spent catalyst. The status of the unit is unclear.

BP's (BP) Whiting, Indiana, refinery FCCU is expected to return to service in the second-half of June from maintenance that began in early April, a person familiar with operations at the plant said Monday. The work was initially expected to end in mid-May.

And the reformer and hydrocracking unit at BP's Cherry Point refinery in Ferndale, Washington, were restarted on May 29 following planned maintenance that began on April 15.

WRB Refining (COP, ECA) Sunday started a lengthly period of planned maintenance at the electrostatic precipitators, or ESPs, at Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit No. 29. The work is expected to conclude on July 12. The impact on operations is unclear but ESP work often occurs while the FCCU remains on line.

Flint Hills Resources Sunday began the process of shutting a coking unit in the West Plant section of its Corpus Christi refinery for planned maintenance. Restart timing unclear.  

Source: Dow Jones Newswires

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