Motiva Texas crude unit at reduced rates after two fires

18 December 2012 20:23  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The new VPS 5 crude unit at Motiva’s Port Arthur refinery in Texas is operating at reduced rates after extinguishing two fires in less than a week, a company spokesperson said on Tuesday.

“We are planning to place the unit in partial circulation later today to conduct minor maintenance work to address a minor leak on a part of the unit,” Shell spokesperson Kimberly Windon said.

The refinery continues to operate other units, making gasoline and other products to meet customer needs, 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.

Motiva is a joint venture by Saudi Aramco and Shell.

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By: Anna Matherne

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