Motiva Port Arthur shuts FCC for maintenance

20 August 2010 16:20  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Motiva Enterprises is expected to shut down the fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) at its Port Arthur refinery in Texas sometime next week for a month of unplanned maintenance, according to market sources.

The work would primarily comprise catalysts regeneration for the unit, sources said. Usually catalysts regeneration would be planned in advance; therefore sources suggest that internal problems must have spoiled the catalyst resulting in the immediate need for replenishing.

The refinery’s FCC is about 90,000 bbl/day capacity. The refinery is a joint-venture between Shell and Saudi Aramco.

Motiva was not immediately available for comment.

The refinery’s FCC is about 90,000 bbl/day capacity. The refinery is a joint venture between Shell and Saudi Aramco.

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