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MOTIVA PORT ARTHUR REFINERY: ANOTHER SHELL PROJECT HUMILIATION

There is a familiar ring to the coverage on your website of the Motiva expansion at Port Arthur…  The facility starts with great fanfare, and a visit from VoserWithin days the facility shuts down

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John

There is a familiar ring to the coverage on your website of the Motiva expansion at Port Arthur:

  1. An enormous project, undertaken/operated by Shell contrary to the perceived wisdom of other companies in the industry
  2. A partner responsible for a large proportion of both the project costs, and Shell’s overhead and finance charges
  3. The project is late and over budget
  4. A stream of comments leaked from within the project highlight ongoing problems
  5. The facility starts with great fanfare, and a visit from Voser
  6. Those responsible move to other positions
  7. Within days the facility shuts down

There are many well documented parallels within Shell. Sakhalin 2 and Pearl are frequently mentioned on your site, but less has been said about some of the offshore developments in the Gulf of Mexico where similar “surprises” occurred soon after the facilities were commissioned. I presume the Arctic will be next, or perhaps FLNG?

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1 Comment on “MOTIVA PORT ARTHUR REFINERY: ANOTHER SHELL PROJECT HUMILIATION”

  1. #1 A big mess at Motiva and why Gulf Coast refiners are making a killing | The Price of OilThe Price of Oil
    on Oct 29th, 2012 at 11:29

    […] Seasoned Shell watchers note the similarities with other disasters at Shell-managed mega-projects. The pattern being: […]

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