Shell plans to make Texas refinery biggest in US

21 September 2007 08:17  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Anglo-Dutch major Shell Oil said on Friday it will begin an expansion of its joint venture Motiva’s refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, which will more than double its capacity and make it the largest such unit in the US and one of the biggest refineries in the world.


The expansion project will increase the refinery’s crude oil throughput capacity to 600,000 bbl/day from 275,000 bbl/day, it said in a statement.


The 325,000 bbl/day expansion at Port Arthur was equivalent to building the first new refinery in the US in more than 30 years, Shell said.


“Shell’s investment in the Motiva Port Arthur refinery expansion will lead to increased supplies of gasoline, diesel and aviation fuels in the US,” said Rob Routs, executive director downstream.


The company did not provide the investment cost and start-up date for the expansion.


Motiva Enterprises is a refining and marketing joint venture owned by affiliates of Shell and Saudi Aramco.



By: Florence Tan
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