Delek man­ager re­ports on planned turn­around for lo­cal re­fin­ery

El Dorado News-Times - - Front Page - Jan­ice McIn­tyre City Edi­tor

With an ob­jec­tive of “con­tin­u­ously im­prov­ing the turn­around process,” Jeff Brewer, tech­ni­cal sup­port man­ager for Delek, an­nounced that the com­pany has planned the next turn­around – a full re­fin­ery out­age – for the fourth quar­ter of 2018. Delek ac­quired Lion Oil of El Do­rado in 2011.

Brewer was the guest speaker for Wed­nes­day’s El Do­rado Cham­ber of Com­merce Eco­nomic Lun­cheon held at Park­ers Chapel First Bap­tist Church and spon­sored by LANXESS and the El Do­rado and Wes­son Rail­way Co.

Ex­plain­ing that Delek learned some les­sons dur­ing the com­pany’s 2014 turn­around – the first Delek-run full-re­fin­ery out­age – he said plans for the 2018 event in­clude ad­di­tional safety pre­cau­tions, bet­ter plan­ning and a re­design of the re­fin­ery to en­able the plant to “make our own grade of gaso­line.” He also said the com­pany plans for the turn­around to en­able the plant to con­tinue op­er­a­tions for the next five years with­out in­ter­rup­tion. Brewer said that ev­ery day the plant is not run­ning, the com­pany loses $1 mil­lion.

Turn­arounds are sched­uled events wherein an en­tire process unit of a re­fin­ery is taken off­stream for an ex­tended pe­riod for re­vamp and/or re­newal.

Dur­ing the turn­around, Delek will em­ploy be­tween 300 and 350 con­trac­tors, with that num­ber peak­ing at around 600 dur­ing the out­age – which is ex­pected to cost around $50 mil­lion and con­tinue for 45 days, Brewer said.

He said Delek’s pri­or­i­ties are to “pro­tect their com­pa­nies and their em­ploy­ees” and com­pany of­fi­cials feel a “re­spon­si­bil­ity to care for the peo­ple who live in our com­mu­ni­ties and our cus­tomers. We want to be good neigh­bors.”

Delek was founded in 2001, and is a down­stream en­ergy com­pany with as­sets in petroleum re­fin­ing, lo­gis­tics, con­ve­nience store re­tail­ing, as­phalt and re­new­ables, with op­er­a­tions in Tyler, Texas, Big Spring, Texas, Krotz Springs, Louisiana and El Do­rado. Those four in­land re­finer­ies have a com­bined name­plate pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of 302,000 bar­rels per day.

Brewer also an­nounced that Delek, head­quar­tered in Brent­wood, Ten­nessee, ac­quired the re­main­ing out­stand­ing shares of Alon USA En­ergy, Inc. com­mon stock in an all-stock trans­ac­tion in July. The ac­qui­si­tion in­cluded 300 Alon stores, mostly in Texas and New Mex­ico.

He said dur­ing Hur­ri­cane Har­vey, which caused ex­ten­sive dam­age to Hous­ton and other cities in Texas on the Gulf Coast, Delek was able to main­tain sta­ble op­er­a­tions and reg­u­la­tors “let us get more gas and diesel out. Part of our com­mit­ment to the com­mu­nity is to sup­ply fuel.”

Rob Reynolds wel­comed cham­ber mem­bers to the lun­cheon and those present ap­proved new mem­bers, Cy­ber In­tel­li­gence & Se­cu­rity Lab­o­ra­tory LLC, PC Dugout, Hobby Lobby, Hachi Hachi and An­nTeeKeys.

Sev­eral may­ors of towns in the county also gave re­ports of on­go­ing and com­pleted projects and spe­cial events.

Mayor Karen Evans of Calion re­ported that for the past 10 years, Calion has been

work­ing to pro­vide sewer ser­vices “on the back side of Calion Lake” and con­struc­tion has be­gun. Two main streets in Calion were resur­faced with Gen­eral Im­prove­ment Fund grant money in the amount of $250,000 and an open house for the new City Hall in Calion will be held in Oc­to­ber. Four-lane con­struc­tion is con­tin­u­ing on U.S 167 from El Do­rado to the Oua­chita River bridge and Arkansas 335 was opened to Mill Street.

El Do­rado Mayor Frank Hash men­tioned new busi­nesses re­cently opened in the city and those un­der con­struc­tion in­clud­ing Chicken Ex­press and Dairy Queen, along with Can­dle­wood Suites and Fair­field Inn and Suites.

Nor­phlet Mayor Jim Crotty said they had also re­ceived a $250,000 GIF grant to resur­face some streets and the 1891 Restau­rant is now in busi­ness. Nor­phlet is also ex­tend­ing sewer lines and re­ceived a tourism grant for a ball­park at Nor­phlet City Park, to in­clude a walk­ing trail, play­ground equip­ment and a con­ces­sion stand. He also an­nounced that a re­union, for Nor­phlet stu­dents from 1940 un­til 2015, will be held from 10 a.m. un­til 3 p.m. on Satur­day.

Smack­over Mayor Bobby Neal said ten­nis courts have been re­fur­bished and a new base­ball field in­cludes a grand­stand, press box and con­ces­sion stand. Smack­over work­ers re­cently re­placed 2,500 feet of sewer pipe and street work has been com­pleted. A new storm warn­ing siren was in­stalled and Smack­over re­ceived a grant from the Arkansas High­way Depart­ment to build a new side­walk from Smack­over El­e­men­tary to the city park.

Mickey Parker, pub­lic works di­rec­tor at Felsen­thal, re­ported that the Clear Lake Road is open for recre­ational ve­hi­cles and on Wed­nes­day, the Oua­chita River level was 64 feet. He said streets have been re­paired and speed bumps have been in­stalled.

Dean Storey re­ported for Union County and talked about the Conifex mill, grand open­ing of the Mur­phy Arts District and the an­nual Union County Fair, set for next week.

Jan­ice McIn­tyre/News-Times

Busi­ness Plan: Jeff Brewer, tech­ni­cal sup­port man­ager for Delek in El Do­rado, tells about the com­pany and plans for the fu­ture, dur­ing the re­cent El Do­rado Cham­ber of Com­merce Eco­nomic Lun­cheon.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.