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Unit Upset At Shell Oil Company Refinery In Deer Park, Texas

November 15, 2012

A refining unit was “upset” and flaring ensued at Shell Oil Company’s 327,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Deep Park, Texas, on Nov. 12, according to the U.S. National Response Center.

A Nov. 14 power outage hit the 255,000 barrel-a-day refinery owned and operated by Motiva, a Shell/Saudi Refining joint venture, in Convent, Louisiana, according to the U.S. National Response Center. An unknown amount of emission resulted, but it wasn’t known which unit was affected.

An unplanned flaring event took place on Nov. 14 at Motiva’s Norco, St. Charles, Louisiana 250,000 barrel-a-day refinery due to a compressor tripping off line, according to the U.S. National Response Center. The company was attempting to restart the compressor.

An unplanned emission event took place the morning of Nov. 9, at the 250,000 barrel-a-day Motiva refinery in St. Charles, La, due to blocked valves, according to the U.S. National Response Center. It wasn’t known which unit was affected.

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