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Motiva Shutting Part of Port Arthur Refinery for Repairs to Gasoline Unit


By Timothy Coulter – Jul 11, 2010

Motiva Enterprises LLC is curtailing operations at its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, because of a leak tied to part of the main gasoline producing unit.

The waste heat boiler at the fluid catalytic cracking unit sprung a leak, the company said in a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

“In order to prevent an emergency shut down with subsequent emissions, a plan is in place to conduct an orderly shutdown,” according to the filing. Repairs will begin tomorrow, the filing shows.

Motiva is a venture between Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Saudi Arabian Oil Co.

The Port Arthur plant can process 285,000 barrels of crude oil a day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The refinery produces gasoline, aviation fuel, diesel, industrial fuel oil and petrochemical feedstocks, according to a Motiva website.

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