Motiva’s Texas restart after power outage will take several days

17 April 2013 21:44  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The restart of Motiva’s Port Arthur refinery in Texas could take several days after a city-wide power outage on 14 April, a company spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday.

“The refinery is safely progressing through a structured and planned restart sequence that will encompass several days,” Shell spokesperson Kimberly Windon said.

The 600,000 bbl/day refinery was one of three in the city hit by the power outage.

Valero’s 290,000 bbl/day refinery also began the restart process on 14 April, with all units back in production and are either at planned rates or increasing to planned rates, company spokesperson Bill Day said on Wednesday.

Total SA’s 225,500 bbl/day refinery was also impacted by the power outage, but the company declined to talk about refinery operations.

Motiva is a 50-50 joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell and Saudi Aramco.

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