Motiva to begin restarting some units at Louisiana Norco refinery

31 August 2012 22:35  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Motiva planned to begin restarting some of the units at its Norco refinery in Louisiana on Friday, the company said.

Motiva had shut down the refinery because it lost power and suffered wind damage from Hurricane Isaac.

The storm made landfall on Tuesday as a hurricane but has since dissipated.

Motiva was also continuing the start-up of its Convent refinery, the company said. It said expected Convent to run at reduced rates until power problems were resolved.

Motiva is a 50:50 joint venture made up of Shell and Saudi Aramco.

Isaac had knocked out power in much of the state.

Meanwhile, Shell said it was continuing the restart process of its Geismar plant. Shell's refinery in Mobile, Alabama, continued operating at reduced rates.

Shell restarted its Capline and Ho-Ho pipelines, the company said.

The company was conducting a flyover inspection of its offshore pipelines, which could be restarted during the weekend, Shell said.


By: Al Greenwood
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