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Mid August North American downstream update

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Alberta, Canada

Korea National Oil Corp has resumed production at its 115 000 bpd refinery in Come by Chance, Newfoundland following the completion of a maintenance turnaround that began in May. Vessels have been pressuring up and feed has been introduced to processing units.



ConocoPhillips completed the start up of its Ponca City refinery on August 15. The 213 162 bpd refinery had shut after a power failure on August 8.


BP has reassured the proximate local community following a vapour release from the coking units at the company’s 406 570 bpd Texas City refinery on August 12. The units are now reportedly operating normally.

Valero Energy Corp's 142 000 bpd Corpus Christi refinery carried out the planned shutdown of an unidentified unit on August 12. No reason was explicitly stated, but the shut down is reportedly due to maintenance and/or repairs.

San Antonio based NuStar Energy LP shut down its 14 500 bpd refinery on August 14 for planned maintenance, which will improve the refinery’s safety, reliability and environmental performance. The turnaround is expected to be completed by August 26.

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