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Global maintenance update

Hydrocarbon Engineering,


The Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited, Nigeria’s oldest refinery is soon to be closed for scheduled maintenance. The refinery last underwent turnaround maintenance 10 years ago. The contractors who originally constructed the facility will be in charge of the turnaround and upgrade.


Sinopec Shanghai Gaoqiao Petrochemcial Corp. has taken 62% of its refining capacity offline whilst maintenance work is carried out on a crude distillation unit (CDU). The CDU has a capacity of 160 000 bpd and will be off line for 35 days. The planned work was meant to commence on 6th November however; it was delayed until November 20th.

Latin America

Cuba’s Cienfuegos refinery is going to under go a US$ 6 billion expansion and update in 2011. The China National Petroleum Corp. will head the project, which will be completed in early 2013. The entire project is funded and backed by China’s Eximbank.

Middle East

Israel’s Oil Refineries Ltd. expects to complete a turnaround of the Haifa refinery in the first 10 days of December. Maintenance work on the catalytic regeneration plant and hydrogen facility began towards the end of October. The company is also hoping to bring a new hydrocracker online at the facility during 2012.


On 22nd November, Husky Energy Inc. announced that maintenance work at the Lima refinery, Ohio, was complete. The shutdown of the FCC unit affected approximately 30% of the refinery. The facility will be up and running at 100% within the next 10 days.

Planned maintenance at the Bayway refinery, Linden, New Jersey is now complete. The ConocoPhillips owned facility started work on the crude pipesill heater and catalytic reduction unit on 22nd September.

Planned maintenance work is also complete at the Woods Cross refinery, Utah. The Holly Corp. owned facility is now running at planned post maintenance rates.

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