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Motiva Enterprises Reports Flaring At Norco Refinery; Equipment Failure Cited

NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)

Motiva Enterprises LLC Saturday reported the release of several contaminants to the atmosphere, owing to equipment failure at its 235, 000-barrels-a-day oil refinery in Norco, Louisiana, to the U.S. National Response Center.

The unit upset released a combination of butadiene, benzene, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and hexane to a safety flare stack at around 2:00 a.m. CST Saturday. The filing did not indicate what unit, or units, were involved.

A Motiva representative wasn’t immediately available for comment.

Motiva is a joint venture between the Shell Oil Co. unit of Royal Dutch Shell and Saudi Refining, Inc., a subsidiary of Saudi Arabian Oil Co.

-By Rose Marton-Vitale, Dow Jones Newswires; 201-264-4185, [email protected] dowjones.com

Dow Jones Newswires
11-28-10
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