Motiva extinguishes fire at Texas refinery

12 December 2012 20:30  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Motiva extinguished a fire at its Port Arthur refinery after a small pipe leak, a company spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday.

The fire took place at the VPS-5 crude distillation unit late Tuesday and was rapidly extinguished, Shell spokesperson Kimberly Windon said.

The refinery had no damage from the fire and the unit was safely shut down.

“We anticipate making the necessary adjustments/repairs and returning the unit to normal operations in an expeditious manner,” Windon said.  

Motiva was in the process of restarting the crude unit as part of the 325,000 bbl/day expansion project at the refinery and had expected it to be fully operational by early 2013.

US Gulf spot gasoline traded a few cents/gal stronger after the reported outage, sources said.

Motiva is a joint venture by Saudi Aramco and Shell.

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