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UPDATE 1-Alon: No major overhauls planned at Calif refineries
March 9, 2012 / 4:35 PM / in 6 years

UPDATE 1-Alon: No major overhauls planned at Calif refineries

* CEO says company preparing to restart Calif. refineries
    * Louisiana refinery to run 25,000 WTS crude in Q2


    HOUSTON, March 9 (Reuters) - Alon USA Energy 
does not plan major turnaround work through 2012 at its
California refineries after restarting those plants early in the
second quarter, company executives said in a conference call
with investors on Friday.	
    The three refineries with a combined throughput of 94,000
barrels per day (bpd) are integrated to work as one unit and
were shut in December of 2011 due to a collapse in West Coast
refining margins.	
    The company elected to perform overhauls on the plants in
the first quarter of this year.	
    "We're in the process of preparing to restart those
refineries," said Alon President and Chief Executive Paul
Eisman.	
    The company cannot restart the California refineries any
earlier because of the overhaul work and the time needed to
resume crude deliveries to the refineries, which can take up to
45 days.	
    At the company's 80,000 bpd Krotz Springs, Louisiana,
refinery, Alon is increasing the amount of West Texas Sweet
(WTS) crude oil the refinery utilizes, Eisman said.	
    Currently, the refinery utilizes between 10,000 and 15,000
bpd of the lower priced crude, which moves through Texas by
pipeline and then is shipped by barge to the Krotz Springs
refinery, located 119 (192 km) miles northwest of New Orleans.	
    Alon plans to boost the amount of WTS it uses to 25,000 bpd
in the second quarter, Eisman said. The amount of WTS the
company can obtain at Krotz Spring is limited, he said.	
    "It's really limited today by the logistics system," Eisman
said.	
    The refinery ran at an average total throughput of 52,000
bpd in the fourth quarter and at 60,000 bpd for the entire year,
which included a forced shutdown in May and June due Mississippi
River flooding.	
    Alon's 67,000 bpd Big Spring, Texas, refinery ran at an
average of 64,000 bpd for the year.

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