U.S. refinery crude runs dropped another 187,000 barrels per day as the industry hit the week of “peak” maintenance for the spring refinery turnaround season. IIR research has tracked 1.6 million barrels per day of crude oil distillation unit (CDU) capacity that was offline for the week of February 17. There are also considerable fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) and hydrocracker unit refinery shutdowns for this spring season.

Compared with our expectation from only four weeks ago, this “peak” has grown by about 500,000 barrels per day. The reasons for the increase include:

  • In PADD 1, a second CDU was taken offline at Phillips 66’s Bayway Refinery in Linden, New Jersey.
  • In PADD 3, there was an extension of planned work at Marathon Petroleum’s refineries at Galveston Bay, Texas and Garyville, Louisiana, as well as a refinery in Pasadena, Texas.
  • In PADD 4, new information was received regarding Tesoro’s Salt Lake City, Utah, refinery.

Although the magnitude of the spring refinery turnaround season has increased, the trajectory of the recovery has stayed mostly the same. The major planned events in PADD 3 have now wrapped up (350,000 barrels per day will return by next week); PADD 5 will see the return of Valero’s Benicia refinery in California, and PBF’s Torrance, California, refinery by the first week of March; and in PADD 1, the restart of the Bayway refinery will occur by the end of the month.

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