Motiva’s new crude unit at Texas refinery remains shut

08 January 2013 17:23  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The crude distillation unit (CDU) at Motiva’s Port Arthur refinery in Texas remains shut after a failed restart attempt, a company spokesperson said on Tuesday.

The new 325,000 bbl/day CDU, known as the VPS-5 unit, had a small leak on 6 January while it was in the process of being restarted, Shell spokesperson Kimberly Windon said.

The unit was safely shut down with no injuries or off-site impacts.

“We anticipate making the necessary adjustments/repairs and returning the unit to normal operation in an expeditious manner,” Windon said. “We still expect for this unit to be fully restarted in the early part of this year.”

The company had been attempting to restart the unit since early December.

Motiva is a joint venture by Saudi Aramco and Shell.

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