Partial power outage hits Motiva's refinery in Port Arthur, Texas

08 February 2012 23:46  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US-based Motiva did not respond to calls on Wednesday regarding a partial outage at its 285,000 bbl/day Port Arthur refinery in Texas.

Motiva’s Port Arthur refinery experienced a partial power outage on Tuesday, causing a disruption in supply and operation upsets, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The impacted process units slowed down, stabilised or were shut down to reduce flaring.

The filing indicated the power outage affected an alkylation unit and a fluid catalytic cracker (FCC).

The FCC is the primary production unit for gasoline.

A possible response to the refinery outages was the strengthening of US Gulf prompt spot gasoline relative to gasoline futures, resulting from reduced supply output, a market source said.

Conventional spot gasoline traded at a stronger differential to gasoline on the NYMEX. Trading moved to a discount of 2.50 cents/gal from about 3.50 cents/gal.

Spot gasoline traded on Wednesday at $2.9500/gal, compared with $2.8925/gal on Tuesday. Prices climbed on stronger differentials and an increase in the price for gasoline futures. Gasoline futures settled at $2.9752 /gal, up from Tuesday's close of $2.9275/gal.

By: Sheena Martin
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