Motiva confirms extended crude unit outage at Port Arthur refinery

21 June 2012 18:04  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Motiva continues to address operational issues with its expansion project at the Port Arthur refinery in Texas, though the refinery remains operating at its original crude distillation capacity of 275,000 bbl/day, the company said on Thursday.

“The crude distillation unit at the 325,000 bbl/day expansion project has been impacted by corrosion problems and has been safely shut down,” said Shell spokeswoman Emily Oberton. “All expansion units, other than the crude unit, are fully operational, though some of those units are running at reduced throughput.”

Motiva’s crude distillation unit (CDU) went offline after a failed start-up on attempt for the expanded Port Arthur refinery 9-10 June, which resulted in reduced capacity at several associated units for two to five months, according to sources.

Oberton confirmed that the crude unit outage could continue for several months.

The five-year project to more than double the refinery’s capacity recently was completed.

By: Sheena Martin
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