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Hydrocarbon Engineering,


After a power failure on 10th November, the Golden Eagle refinery reached its targeted processing rate on 16th November. The facility is located in Martinez and is owned by Tesoro Corp.

From 25th November to 21st December, BP Plc is going to flare gases at the Carson refinery. The emissions are not due to a malfunction or breakdown at the facility.

On 18th November a 5:45 am, Chevron Corp.’s Richmond refinery flared gases. The release was caused by a compressor loss. The flaring released an unspecified amount of sulfur dioxide. 


Sulfur dioxide was released and flared during the restart of the fluid catalytic cracker at the Lemont refinery at 7 pm on 17th November. Citgo Petroleum Corp. owns the facility.


At 7:10 pm on 20th November, a pinhole leak started at ExxonMobil Corp.’s Baton Rouge refinery. The leak in a distillate line at a processing unit is leaking light coker naphtha.


The ExxonMobil owned refinery in Billings has decided not to protest the 2010 property tax bill it has been presented with. The bill is not going to be contested as approximately half of the Lockwood School operating budget is funded by the refinery’s tax payments.

New Jersey

A maintenance turnaround at the ConocoPhillips Linden refinery is still in progress. The work, which began in September, has been delayed several times due to power failures. A restart date is still yet to be released.


On 16th November at the Texas City refinery, BP Plc reported an odor event. The event was due to a loss of containment in a two barrel stream of sour water.

Valero Refining Company has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction lump sum support contract to Technip. Under the contract Technip will construct two flare gas recovery units at the Port Arthur refinery. 

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