Refining restarts continue as curtailments end

  • Market: Crude oil, Oil products
  • 02/23/21

At least 2.9mn b/d of Texas crude processing capacity has begun start up work following last week's weather-induced power and natural gas curtailments that interrupted 28pc of US refining capacity.

Texas regulatory orders giving priority natural gas access to residential and power generation expire today, freeing up more energy for refiners.

Total confirmed restart preparations at its 240,000 b/d refinery in Port Arthur, beginning with steam commissioning. Valero has not commented on operations but reported heavy flaring at its 191,000 b/d refinery in Houston today that could be associated with restart efforts. It has restored some operations at its 335,000 b/d refinery in Port Arthur. Chevron said that it was evaluating its 100,000 b/d Pasadena refinery for damage and had not yet begun restart procedures.

Last week's severe freezing weather and ill-prepared power generation industry disrupted operations for at least 5.1mn b/d of refining capacity stretching from near the Louisiana border to El Paso. The pace of restarts will depend on the extent of related damage at refineries and any previously planned maintenance for the upcoming spring turnaround season.

Texas refining affected by Feb 2021 stormb/d
OperatorLocationStatusCapacity
Restart underway
MotivaPort ArthurRestart underway603,000
ValeroCorpus ChristiRestart underway293,000
FHRCorpus ChristiRestart underway296,000
CitgoCorpus ChristiRestart underway157,500
ExxonMobilBeaumontRestart underway362,000
ExxonMobilBaytownRestart underway560,500
TotalPort ArthurSteam commissioning240,000
ValeroPort ArthurInitial units online335,000
Disrupted by storm
ChevronPasadenaUnder evaluation100,000
Marathon PetroleumEl PasoUnits malfunction in severe cold122,000
Phillips 66SweenyStorm affecting operations247,000
DelekBig SpringWinterizing units in severe cold73,000
LyondellBasellHoustonStorm affecting operations268,000
Marathon PetroleumGalveston BaySteam supply interruption585,000
Shell/PemexDeer ParkShut down, directing power to grid340,000
ValeroHoustonHeavy flaring, possible restart191,000
ValeroMcKeeFreezing equipment170,000
ValeroTexas CityGas, power curtailments225,000
Phillips 66BorgerHeavy flaring146,000

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