Motiva to restart CDU in early 2013 at expanded US refinery

19 July 2012 22:14  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Motiva’s expanded Port Arthur refinery in Texas plans to restart the crude distillation unit (CDU) in early 2013, the company said on Thursday.

Inspection activities and repairs continue on the CDU, which is part of the recently completed 325,000 bbl/day expansion project at the refinery. The original Port Arthur refinery has a distillation capacity of 275,000 bbl/day, and continues to operate normally, according to Motiva.

Additionally, all seven of the other expansion units built in the project are fully operational, though some are running at reduced rates. A company spokesperson declined to specify which units were at reduced rates.

The CDU went off line after a failed weekend start-up attempt on 9-10 June and was originally expected to be off line for two to five months.

Motiva is a joint venture by Saudi Aramco and Shell.

By: Anna Matherne

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