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Motiva to integrate Norco, Convent refineries in Louisiana

26 March 2015 (Reuters) – Motiva Enterprises said on Thursday that operations at its Convent and Norco, Louisiana, refineries will be integrated to take advantage of increased production of lower-cost U.S. shale oil. Motiva, which is co-owned by Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Saudi Aramco, said the first step in the integration project is the […]

USW reaches sellout deal, moves to shut down oil workers’ strike

From an article by Jerry White published 13 March 2015 by WSWS USW reaches sellout deal, moves to shut down oil workers’ strike The United Steelworkers (USW) union announced Thursday that it had reached a tentative agreement with lead bargainer Royal Dutch Shell that would be the basis for a four-year labor agreement covering 30,000 workers in […]

Latest Development Regarding The USW Refinery Strike

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: Mar 7, 2015 at 10:04 am EST The biggest oil refinery strike in the US in over three decades has entered its 35th day, with no agreement between the United Steelworkers (USW) union and Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) been reached so far. The two parties had a meeting on Wednesday, […]

Police block striking refinery workers from entering Shell Houston HQ

REUTERS ARTICLE PUBLISHED FRIDAY 6 MARCH 2015 Police block striking refinery workers from entering Shell Houston HQ (Reuters) – Police blocked several hundred striking laborers from entering Shell Oil Co’s downtown Houston headquarters during a protest on Friday to demand a new labor contract for U.S. refinery workers. Officers quickly moved to guard entrances to […]

More Steelworkers Cross Picket Lines as Refinery Strike Drags on

Article by Zain Shauk published 4 March 2015 by Bloomberg.com More Steelworkers Cross Picket Lines as Refinery Strike Drags on (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc said more than 20 percent of about 800 union workers at its Deer Park refinery in Texas have crossed picket lines, undermining a strike that has entered its second month. […]

NPD investigates shooting at Motiva supervisor’s home

By JohnDonovan Several months ago we published an article about certain events at the Shell-Motiva Norco site in Louisiana involving alleged victimisation of employees: VICTIMIZATION OF EMPLOYEES RAMPANT AT SHELL-MOTIVA NORCO SITE Here is another article involving a Motiva Supervisor, this time published by beaumontenterprise.com:  NPD investigates shooting at Motiva supervisor’s home By Manuella Libardi: Published 4:03 pm, Monday, March 2, 2015 […]

JP Morgan Warns Royal Dutch Shell Investors

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Mar 2, 2015 at 12:24 pm EST In a report published on Monday, JP Morgan has advised the stock market participants to keep an eye on the “five key factors” that could undermine RoyalDutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) earnings during the first quarter of fiscal 2015 (1QFY15). JP Morgan is of […]

USW Negotiations with Royal Dutch Shell deadlocked

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Feb 23, 2015 at 1:28 pm EST Tensions between Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) and the United Steelworkers (USW) union rise as more union workers have walked out of three additional US refineries. The latest negotiations between Shell and USW took place on February 20. However, no agreement between the […]

U.S. refinery strike widening to include largest refinery

HOUSTON Sat Feb 21, 2015 12:13am EST (Reuters) – The U.S. refinery strike was widening on Friday night as workers at the nation’s largest refinery gave notice of a walkout beginning at 12 a.m. (0600 GMT) on Saturday, the United Steelworkers union (USW) said. Shortly after talks between union and oil company representatives ended on […]

Shell fined nearly $1 million for falsely selling green motor fuel

SHELL FOUND TO HAVE MISLABELLED ULTRA-LOW SULFUR DIESEL From ClickGreen staff. Published Tuesday 20 Jan 2015 under the headline: Shell slapped with near-$1 million fine for falsely selling green motor fuel The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a settlement with three companies affiliated with Shell Oil Company to resolve Clean Air Act violations, […]

High Noon on oil prices: OPEC vs U.S. Shale

From an article by Catherine Ngai published on 6 Jan 2015 by Reuters under the headline:  “High Noon on the Gulf Coast: Canada, Saudi oil set for showdown” NEW YORK (Reuters) – As a test of wills between OPEC nations and U.S. shale drillers fuels a global oil market slump, a brewing battle between Canadian […]

Shell Oil and Motiva Enterprises $4.5M Settlement after U.S. DOL Investigation

SETTLEMENT DOCUMENTS SUPPLIED BY AN INSIDER SOURCE Shell reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor for failure to pay overtime in the USA. Shell required Production Department Operators to make shift relief in full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) but, the company would not pay individuals for the time necessary for donning or doffing […]

VICTIMIZATION OF EMPLOYEES RAMPANT AT SHELL-MOTIVA NORCO SITE

The article printed below was supplied to the Company Secretary & General Counsel Corporate of Royal Dutch Shell Plc., Mr Michiel Brandjes, on Monday 15 Sept 2014. I asked Mr Brandjes to also bring the article to the attention of Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden and the Shell-Motiva Security Supervisor named in the […]

Another serious shutdown at Shell Motiva refinery

Reuters article published Tue Jul 15, 2014 under the headline: “Damaged heater likely shut distillation unit at Motiva refinery” (Reuters) – A heavily damaged heater on a newly commissioned 325,000 barrel per day (bpd) crude distillation unit is the likely cause of a unexpected shutdown that may last up to five months at Motiva Enterprises […]

Motiva Port Arthur refinery reaches throughput milestone – sources

“If it had been built better, if it had been designed better, it could be running more crude…” Extracts from a Reuters article by Erwin Seba published by The Chicago Tribune on 3 July 2014 HOUSTON (Reuters) – The nation’s largest refinery hit a throughput milestone last week, processing 615,000 barrels in one day for […]

Royal Dutch Shell Saudi relationship in serious danger?

The Washington Post has reported today that the Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans is considering flying to Saudi Arabia in an attempt to defuse the situation, which includes threats of looming sanctions against Dutch interests, including Royal Dutch Shell. By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell Group has had a long relationship with the Saudi regime. […]

Shell Oil Co. will pay $4 million to settle False Claims Act allegations

Extract from an article published by LAW360.com on 27 Feb 2014 under the headline… Law360, New York (February 27, 2014, 4:15 PM ET) — Shell Oil Co. will pay $4 million to settle False Claims Act allegations that it sought payments from a Massachusetts fund for hazardous waste cleanup at its gas stations while it […]

Motiva oil refinery fire doused, no injuries reported

Extract from an article by David J. Mitchell and Ryan Broussard published 24 Feb 2014 by The Advocate CONVENT — Workers battled a fire Monday afternoon at Motiva Enterprises’ Convent crude oil refinery in St. James Parish for 45 minutes before extinguishing the blaze, Shell Oil Co. officials said.  The fire broke out in an […]

Dan Romasko Named President, CEO of Motiva Enterprises LLC

HOUSTON – January 27, 2014 – Dan Romasko, former Executive Vice President of Operations for Tesoro Corporation, has been named President and CEO of Motiva Enterprises LLC.  He replaces Bob Pease, who has served with distinction for the past 5 years and will return to Shell, effective February 1. FULL ARTICLE Like this:Like Loading…

Insider rumours circulating that Shell may divest Shell Oil Co

By John Donovan: According to a Shell insider source, rumours are circulating that Royal Dutch Shell Plc may divest Shell Oil Company in order to generate money. And presumably to get rid of the difficult USA influence.  Since Saudi Aramco are joint owners on a 50-50 basis with Shell in Motiva Enterprises, operating three US refineries and 7,700 […]

Motiva Convent Plant Said to Mothball Catalytic Cracker by 2016

Motiva Enterprises LLC plans to shut the fluid catalytic cracker at the Convent, Louisiana, refinery, by October 2016 because it’s unprofitable to operate… By Barbara Powell Dec 18, 2013 6:07 PM GMT Motiva Enterprises LLC plans to shut the fluid catalytic cracker at the Convent, Louisiana, refinery, by October 2016 because it’s unprofitable to operate, […]

Shell/Motiva had five of the largest releases of air pollutants from Louisiana refineries

Louisiana refineries and associated chemical plants had higher air emissions from accidents in 2012, new report says By Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune: November 12, 2013 Extract The biggest air pollution accident in 2012 was the release of 648,733 pounds of mostly carbon monoxide on May 8 by Motiva Enterprises in Norco. Motiva also […]

Company town: One woman’s fight to save her town

Her concerns grew stronger after an explosion at Shell’s refinery in 1988. (The plant is now owned by Motiva, a joint-venture between Shell and Saudi Aramco, the Saudi national oil company). The explosion toppled a 16-story tower, and cracked walls and ceilings in houses and ceilings around Norco. It set off alarms 25 miles away […]

Discovery ensues in Motiva explosion suit

According to the lawsuit, on July 31, 2011, Carrell was working at the Motiva facility when an explosion occurred, causing him to suffer bodily injuries. October 21, 2013 2:02 PM By David Yates Discovery continues to dominant litigation brought by Jasper County resident Tommy Carrell Jr., who sued Motiva Enterprises for alleged injuries he received […]

Gulf Gasoline Strengthens on Incident at Port Arthur Refinery

By Christine Harvey – Sep 26, 2013 9:15 PM GMT+0100 U.S. Gulf Coast gasoline strengthened relative to futures in New York after Motiva Enterprises LLC reported an incident at the largest refinery in the region. Motiva’s Port Arthur, Texas, refinery report a “process incident” and flaring from an alkylation unit and fluid catalytic cracker, according […]

Shell screwing dealers in Northeast USA?

RECEIVED BY EMAIL Shell, through its subsidiaries and lackeys this time, is again engaging in unfair business practices in the Northeast US and screwing over their dealers. See the attached Federal Complaint that has been filed. Court Document – Complaint filed 20 August 2013 Like this:Like Loading…

Problems at Motiva plant

Petrodollars: A lot of smart oil people caught up in problems at a Motiva plant By News Desk: September 16, 2013 A big expansion project at the Port Arthur, Texas refinery owned by Motiva–the Shell-Saudi joint venture–has been far from the success story envisioned by the two partners. In this week’s Oilgram News column Petrodollars, […]

Shell’s oil sands deliverer becomes downstream boss

Abbott also takes on a headache in the form of the company’s Motiva U.S. refining joint venture operation, where a new refinery unit faces piping and vibration problems . Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:10pm BST By Andrew Callus (Reuters) – Shell is to make John Abbott head of its fuels and chemicals business, pitching the […]

SHAMBLES AT MOTIVA PORT ARTHUR REFINERY

By John Donovan Anyone who has read the postings made on this website in recent years by insiders working on the Motiva Refinery expansion project should not be in the least surprised by the series of serious mishaps following the restart, which taken together, can only be described as a complete and utter shambles. Troubled […]

Troubled Motiva refinery, biggest in U.S., faces lengthy 2014 work: sources

The biggest U.S. oil refinery could shut its main crude distillation unit for up to three months next year to replace a vibrating pipe that prevents the 325,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) unit from running at full capacity, sources familiar with operations said. That would be another blow to the Motiva Enterprises, 600,000-bpd plant since the $10-billion (U.S.)refinery, […]

Fire hobbles Motiva oil refinery, biggest in U.S.

Sources said refinery managers spoke of their frustration on Monday with problems that have plagued the expanded plant.  “It was a bad weekend for us,” said one source. “We’re all feeling snake-bit. It just seems like we get up and going and then something else goes wrong.” Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:28am IST * ‘Feeling […]

Blaze hits Shell plant in Texas

Published: Tue, August 20, 2013 ROYAL DUTCH SHELL has shut down parts of a refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, after a fire broke out following a £6.4billion expansion scheme. Shell closed units at the Motiva refinery, which is run by a joint venture of the oil giant and Saudi Refining, after the second blaze in […]

Shell shuts unit at Motiva Texas refinery

NEW YORK | Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:12pm BST (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) said it shut down an unspecified unit at its joint-venture 600,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Motiva refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, on Saturday, following an operational problem. “Several units that are integrated to this unit will run at reduced rates and […]

Exclusive: Largest U.S. refinery to run below capacity for months

A new piping problem may force the newest crude distillation unit at Motiva’s Port Arthur refinery, the largest plant in the United States, to run up to 75,000 barrels-per-day below capacity through fall of next year. By Erwin Seba HOUSTON | Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:45pm EDT (Reuters) – A new piping problem may force […]

Discovery ongoing in discrimination suit against Motiva

FROM THE SOUTHEAST TEXAS RECORD By David Yates: May 27, 2013 9:02 PM With a trial slated for September, discovery is still ongoing in litigation brought against Motiva Enterprises, which alleges the company discriminated against a black Port Arthur woman by allowing a white male certain privileges.  As previously reported, Carolyn Warwick filed a lawsuit […]

Shell: Motiva’s Port Arthur Refinery Restart to Take ‘Several Days’

Published April 16, 2013 by Dow Jones Newswires Motiva Enterprises LLC’s Port Arthur, Texas, refinery is in the early process of preparing units for restart, following an unexpected loss of power Sunday from its utility provider, said Kimberly Windon of Shell Oil Co., spokeswoman for the joint venture that operates the refinery. “The refinery is […]

Motiva Port Arthur refinery shuts down after power outage

By Barbara Powell Bloomberg News Motiva Enterprises LLC’s Port Arthur, Texas, refinery is completely shut down after losing power yesterday, a person familiar with operations said. There isn’t a timeline for restarting the plant, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. The refinery is the largest in the […]

Worker at Motiva Refinery in Norco dies after pumps fall on him

By Bob Warren, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune: on March 14, 2013 A worker was killed at the Motiva Refinery in Norco Wednesday when two large cylinders fell on him, authorities and a company official said. Michael Louque, 56, of Grammercy, was pronounced dead at St. Charles Parish Hospital in Luling, the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s […]

Judge Fines Motiva $10M in Tank Explosion

FROM OUR 2005 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE:“Motiva, a joint supply venture between Shell and Saudi Refining…”: “…pleaded no contest to state charges of criminally negligent homicide…”: “The company… has paid more than $60 million to settle lawsuits”: “It is still the subject of a federal lawsuit…” Judge Fines Motiva $10M in Tank Explosion By THE ASSOCIATED […]

Motiva Restarts Expansion Segment Of Port Arthur Refinery- Source

Motiva Enterprises LLC has successfully restarted the expansion segment of its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery after months of setbacks and false starts, a person familiar with the refinery’s operations said.: The process of restarting the unit began late last year, but was further delayed by the discovery of new pipe leaks and a small fire. […]