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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 […]

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, […]

Shell confirms oil leak from underwater facility in Bayelsa

From an article published in the Premium Times on 5 March 2015: Shell confirms oil leak from underwater facility in Bayelsa Extracts The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) on Thursday confirmed an oil leak incident from its underwater line within its oil fields in Bayelsa. According to a statement issued by Joesph Obari, Spokesperson for […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Shell’s planned asset sale in Nigeria may take up to a year: CFO

Extracts from a Reuters article by Simon Falush published 30 April 2014 LONDON (Reuters) – Oil major Shell may take up to a year to complete a planned sale of assets in Nigeria, and the process may be complicated by an election, the oil major’s chief financial officer said. Shell is looking to make $15 billion […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Selection of Shell related articles 8 February 2013

Selection of Shell related article links kindly supplied by a regular contributor Stranded Shell drill vessel won’t face state tax: FuelFix (blog)-State oil and gas attorney Martin Schultz said the policy covers the Kulluk. “It’s a pretty straightforward interpretation as it applies to the Shell … G8 and Nigeria’s Oil Wealth: Corruption and Wealth of […]

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. […]

Motiva Shuts Down Texas Refinery Expansion Unit Due to Leak

By Dow Jones Business News,  January 07, 2013, 01:19:00 PM EDT By Alison Sider Motiva Enterprises LLC said the crude unit of its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery expansion leaked while being restarted Sunday and was shut down. Kimberly Windon, spokeswoman for Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA), said the company still plans to have the VPS […]

Motiva Reports Compressor Shutdown at Port Arthur, Texas, Refinery – Filing

Published December 31, 2012 by Dow Jones Newswires Motiva Enterprises LLC reported that a wet gas compressor at its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery experienced an emergency shutdown Saturday, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The company reported that charge rates were reduced to help stabilize operations for the restart of […]

Flaring at Shell Chemical plant in Norco to continue through Sunday

By Naomi Martin, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune on December 08, 2012 at 10:57 PM, updated December 08, 2012 at 11:28 PM A malfunctioning Shell Chemical unit located on the Motiva Enterprises campus in Norco that lost power on Thursday was restarted about 10 p.m. Saturday, according to a news release from the company. The company […]

In second upset of the week, Shell Chemical loses power, warns of high levels of smoke

By Juliet Linderman, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune on December 06, 2012 at 3:17 PM Just five days after an equipment failure at the Shell/Motiva plant caused massive flares to shoot flames and leak thick black smoke into the air above St. Charles Parish for days on end, the Norco chemical complex announced on Thursday morning […]

Shell Chemical equipment failure causes flame and flares in St. Charles

By David Grunfeld, The Times-Picayune Shell Chemical, located on the Motiva Enterprises campus in Norco, has been experiencing elevated flares, shooting flames and leaking thick black smoke into the air above St. Charles Parish. According to a report submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center, the plant is releasing unknown amounts of hydrogen […]

Toxic flaring at Shell/Motiva continues after equipment failure

The $500,000 settlement is an accumulated penalty for violations that occurred during the years 2003-2010. During that time there were 265 violations at the Norco facility (and more than 140 violations at the Motiva refinery in Convent) 3 December 2012 An equipment failure at the Shell/Motiva manufacturing complex in Norco caused the release of unknown […]

Motiva Mess, Tom Purves and Cronyism

Cronyism is partiality to long-standing friends, especially by appointing them to positions of authority, regardless of their qualifications. Posting on our Shell Blog by a regular contributor: Golden Triangle Watchman” Re the Motiva article, so true…..How prophetic that the picture of Voser and the senior execs are sitting there opening a valve at the ceremony…. […]

Motiva slapped with $500,000 fine arising from hundreds of environmental violations

October 24, 2012 Motiva to pay fine in refinery settlement Motiva Enterprises LLC will pay a $500,000 fine to settle environmental violations at the company’s Norco and Convent refineries, according to a preliminary agreement with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. The settlement includes a 45-day comment period, according to a DEQ letter to Motiva […]

Motiva may restart Port Arthur unit in December

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm by Bloomberg Motiva Enterprises plans to restart a damaged 325,000-barrel-a-day crude unit at its Port Arthur refinery as early as the first week in December, according to people familiar with refinery operations. Motiva expects to complete repairs on the unit this month and conduct test runs and […]

Black woman claims discrimination by Motiva Enterprises

7/23/2012 1:12 PM By Kelly Holleran  A Port Arthur woman claims her employer discriminated against her, allowing a white male certain privileges it did not permit of its female, black employees. Carolyn Warwick filed a lawsuit July 10 in Jefferson County District Court against Motiva Enterprises. In her complaint, Warwick, a black female, states she began […]

Motiva to restart damaged unit in early 2013

Motiva to restart damaged unit in early 2013 By Simone Sebastian: Published 07:31 p.m., Thursday, July 19, 2012 Motiva Enterprises plans to restart the new crude distillation unit at its Port Arthur refinery early next year, after damage from a chemical leak shut it down last month, the company said Thursday. Weeks after the May 31 […]

Message to Shell HR EVP, Upstream Americas: Wake Up Culpepper, start listening for a change!

POSTING ON OUR SHELL BLOG FROM AN IRRITATED INSIDER SOURCE Mr Culpepper strikes again and tells senior leaders to suck it up and support the new Shell Real Estate vision of the future. The new open concept is a tremendous step backwards for all of those less than LC but is widely supported by senior […]

Refinery Status: Shell Reports Flaring At Deer Park – Filing

Jul 5, 2012 DOW JONES NEWSWIRES Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (RDSA.LN) reported flaring at its 327,000 barrel-a-day refinery July 4 in Deer Park, Texas, according to a filing with the National Response Center. A Shell spokeswoman declined to comment. A compressor problem at Shell Oil Co’s 157,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Martinez, Calif., caused flaring at the facility […]

MOTIVA REFINERY DEBACLE: Caustic – the same thing that blew up Norco. Unbelievable

Might as well melt it all down and start over… CAUSTIC COMMENTS ON MOTIVA REFINERY DEBACLE FIRST COMMENT (FROM SHELL BLOG) Re: Motiva Refinery Debacle – Unbelievable. Lock-out, Tag-out, the most basic safety rule, strikes again. The same thing that blew-up Piper Alpha. Caustic – the same thing that blew up Norco. Unbelievable. And Caustic […]

Motiva prepares Texas refinery for long shutdown

Thu Jun 21, 2012 2:39pm EDT By Erwin Seba (Reuters) – Motiva Enterprises LLC moved to prepare half its giant Port Arthur, Texas, refinery for an extended shut-down this week after a major glitch with a new unit, closing down other units and reducing oil shipments from Saudi Arabia. In the first public acknowledgment of […]

Motiva expansion cost in range of $10 billion: Saudi Aramco CEO

PORT ARTHUR, Texas | Thu May 31, 2012 2:37pm EDT (Reuters) – Saudi Aramco SDABO.UL Chief Executive Khalid Al-Falih said the total cost of expanding the Motiva Enterprises MOTIV.UL Port Arthur, Texas, refinery to 600,000 barrels per day (bpd) was “in the range of” $10 billion, double its original estimate. The Port Arthur refinery is […]

New Motiva Texas CDU might stay shut for a year

New Motiva Texas CDU might shut for 12 months-sources HOUSTON, June 19 | Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:48pm IST (Reuters) – A new 325,000 barrel per day crude distillation unit at Motiva Enterprises’ 600,000 bpd Port Arthur, Texas, refinery may be shut for up to 12 months to repair extensive corrosion, sources familiar with refinery […]

Corrosion seen in shut Motiva Texas crude unit -sources

Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:28am IST (Reuters) – Extensive corrosion, that may require up to five months to repair, has been found inside Motiva Enterprises new 325,000 barrel per day (bpd) crude distillation unit at its 600,000 bpd Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, according to sources familiar with refinery operations. The root cause of the corrosion, […]