US Motiva shuts down units at Louisiana refinery

14 November 2012 15:42  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Motiva reported a shut down of operating units at its Norco refinery in Louisiana after a power outage in the area, a regulatory filing said on Wednesday.

The outage at the 233,500 bbl/day refinery occurred late on Tuesday evening, and caused material to be released to the flare, the filing with the US National Response Center said.

The report showed there was a release of hydrogen sulphide, isobutane, normal butane, propane, ethane, methane and VOCs from a flare stack because of a compressor trip. The amount of each product that was released was unknown.

Motiva is a 50-50 joint venture between oil and gas majors Shell and Saudi Aramco.

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