Motiva restarts FCC unit at Texas refinery affected by power outage

19 April 2013 23:12  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Motiva has restarted a gasoline-producing fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit at its Port Arthur refinery in Texas, a filing with state pollution regulators said on Friday.

The 600,000 bbl/day refinery lost power after a city-wide outage on 14 April.

The company reported emissions from the FCC during the start-up phase when a propylene and butylene splitter feed pump from a debutaniser tower was lost, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

Motiva is a 50-50 joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell and Saudi Aramco. The Port Arthur refinery has the largest crude-refining capacity in the US.

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By: Anna Matherne

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