Fire shuts down unit at Motiva US refinery

19 August 2013 23:42  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Motiva Enterprises’s refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, shut down one unit after a small fire, leading to adjusted operating rates at the other units, the company said on Monday.

A Shell spokesperson confirmed that a unit had been shut down on 17 August but declined to comment on which unit was affected or whether production would be reduced. The fire had been extinguished and that there were no injuries and no offsite impact.

Bloomberg reported that another small fire at the same refinery caused a sulphur recovery unit to shut down and that four hydrotreaters and three lube units would operate at reduced rates until it is back on line. The unit may be down for as long as two weeks.

The spokesperson could not confirm whether the fires were related and said investigations were underway to determine the causes of each incident.

Motiva’s Port Arthur refinery has a total capacity of 600,000 bbl/day. Motive is a joint venture made up of Saudi Aramco and Shell.

By: David Tonyan
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