June 20, 2014 |
Gov. Corbett's labor secretary, Julie K. Hearthway, on Wednesday presented Philadelphia Energy Solutions with a special commendation for amassing 3 million consecutive hours without an injury. And PES employees were rewarded with a surprise bonus. The company, which acquired the South Philadelphia refinery in 2012 in a joint venture with Sunoco Inc., went almost a year without an injury, a significant accomplishment for a heavy industry that processes 13.9 million gallons of fuel a day. At a barbecue lunch for staff on Wednesday, the company announced that all 1,141 PES employees would receive a $500 bonus this week in recognition of the safety record.
May 15, 2014 |
At the Delaware River wharf where Appalachian coal trains once unloaded their cargo, 108 rail tankers lined up Tuesday to deliver a new distant energy source - crude oil from North Dakota. The Eddystone Rail Facility, built on leased land surrounding an aging Exelon Corp. power plant, is the latest oil-by-rail facility to open in the area, adding capacity to handle the cheap domestic crude oil that has become the salvation of the region's financially embattled refineries - but has also raised safety concerns about unprecedented rail movements of oil. "If we didn't do what we did, the refineries are gone," said Jack Galloway, who created Eddystone Rail Co. and enlisted Enbridge Inc., one of North America's largest energy distributors, as the operating partner in the project.
April 25, 2014 |
Delta Air Lines, which bought the former ConocoPhillips refinery in Trainer, Delaware County, to secure a steady source of discounted jet fuel, said Wednesday the refinery lost $41 million in the first quarter but is expected to be profitable in the current June quarter. Delta said one major crude unit at the refinery was shut down for scheduled modifications, which decreased production. To bring Trainer to profitability in 2014, Delta is making infrastructure changes to increase refined production, and boost jet and diesel production to roughly 50 percent of the refinery's total output, Delta chief financial officer Paul Jacobson said during a conference call.
April 21, 2014 |
It is out with the old and in with the new at the 500-acre waterfront facility formerly known as the Sunoco Marcus Hook Refinery, now the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex. Workers last week ripped down aging petroleum-processing equipment, part of a labyrinth of machinery that has produced gasoline, diesel, and kerosene for more than a century. Other crews built cryogenic storage tanks more than 130 feet tall with three-foot-thick walls that will hold the future: new fuels from the prolific Marcellus Shale region.
March 1, 2014 |
The new owners of the former NuStar Asphalt refinery in Paulsboro plan to upgrade the Gloucester County facility to take advantage of the growing cross-country shipments of crude oil by rail. Axeon Specialty Products L.L.C., the new name adopted this week by the San Antonio company that operates the refinery, says it intends to make "new, substantial investments" in its 70,000-barrel-a-day operation in Paulsboro, including new rail unloading facilities. The Paulsboro plant now can receive only a small number of railcars at one time, said Rod Pullen, a senior vice president at Axeon SP. The aim is to add more unloading capacity so that Axeon can order cost-efficient unit trains - 100-car trains that carry a single commodity to a single destination.
February 5, 2014 |
NuStar Energy L.P. has sold the remaining half of its money-losing asphalt business to its joint-venture partner, Lindsay Goldberg L.L.C. The sale includes the former Citgo refinery in Paulsboro. NuStar, based in San Antonio, Texas, acquired the asphalt business from Citgo in 2008, but the business turned sour with the economic collapse and a drop in demand for asphalt, which is used for paving and in roofing material. "It's been a big drag on the bottom-line results of this company," Curtis V. Anastasio, NuStar's then-chief executive, told analysts in November.
January 27, 2014 |
WEST DEPTFORD Demolition crews blew up a 65-year-old refinery building in West Deptford on Saturday, startling South Jersey residents who heard the explosions. Some residents took their curiosity and alarm to social-media sites, seeking answers to "What was that?" Heavy demolition began at 9 a.m., said Jeff Shields, a spokesman for Sunoco, which owns the "fractionator" building. The structures were soon leveled, he said, and the work presented no danger to residents. "You had some blasts that destabilized the structure, and then they collapsed on themselves," he said.
January 26, 2014 |
WEST DEPTFORD A West Deptford oil refinery intertwined with local politics will bid goodbye to one of its main edifices early Saturday. That's when Sunoco Logistics will implode the Eagle Point refinery's 65-year-old "fractionator" - the heaviest refining unit at the site, towering an estimated 200 feet. The "controlled implosion" will last about two minutes and also demolish a tower and chimney, West Deptford officials said. A rusty-looking dome, the fractionator - referred to in the industry as a "cat cracker," and used to convert crude oil into other fuels - was built in 1949, according to Sunoco.
January 23, 2014 |
Delta Air Lines said Tuesday that its Trainer oil refinery in Delaware County would have a "small loss" in the current first quarter, after posting a loss of $46 million in the three months ended Dec. 31 and a $116 million loss for 2013. Delta executives said on a conference call that the 180,000-barrel-a-day refinery, operated by subsidiary Monroe Energy L.L.C., would "see a modest profit" for 2014, said chief financial officer Paul Jacobson. "We expect to see only a modest loss for the Trainer refinery in the March quarter, despite the pull-down of one of the main units for modifications," Jacobson told investors.
January 23, 2014 |
The Monday derailment of a freight train carrying crude oil to the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery has triggered a new round of alarm over petroleum shipments by rail, but has not affected operations at the South Philadelphia refinery. CSX Corp. crews began transferring oil and sand Tuesday from seven cars that derailed on a bridge spanning the Schuylkill in Grays Ferry. The cars were at the end of a 101-car train traveling from Chicago to Philadelphia, carrying crude oil from North Dakota.