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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Motiva Port Arthur Restart Delayed Until Next Week – Source

Published December 21, 2012 by Dow Jones Newswires Motiva Enterprises LLC most likely will not be able to restart for a few more days a main processing unit at its refinery expansion in Port Arthur, Texas, a person familiar with the refinery’s operations said Friday. Motiva has been struggling to restart the 325,000-barrel-a-day refinery expansion’s […]

Troubled Motiva refinery crude unit shut by small fire

Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:41pm EST * Repairs to fractured pipe could take several days, sources say * 325,000 barrel per day crude unit was in process of restarting * New crude unit had previously been shut due to corrosion issue * Gasoline prices jump on fire, pare gains after damage report By Erwin Seba […]

Shell CFO: Confident US Government Will Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

By Selina Williams: Published November 20, 2012 by Dow Jones Newswires Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA) is confident the U.S. government will approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline extension that will carry crude from western Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, its chief financial officer Simon Henry said Tuesday. “We remain confident the U.S. government […]

Shell nearly there on Pearl, Port Arthur restart early 2013

LONDON | Thu Nov 1, 2012 5:29am EDT Nov 1 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Finance Director Simon Henry said the company was “nearly there” in ramping up to full output at its Pearl Gas to Liquids (GTL) facility in Qatar and that the company was “on track” to restart the 325,000 barrels-a-day damaged Port […]

A big mess at Motiva and why Gulf Coast refiners are making a killing

Lorne Stockman While Chevron’s Richmond refinery has been making the news lately with a very visible incident, our attention has been drawn to less noticed recent events in America’s biggest refining center on the Gulf Coast, where what was to become the country’s largest refinery also ran into a spot of trouble. You’d think that […]

Shell greenlights halved Louisiana-to-Texas crude oil pipeline

Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:16pm EDT (Reuters) – A new crude oil pipeline from a key terminal in Louisiana to refineries near Port Arthur, Texas, will be built at about half the size envisioned late last year, Shell Pipeline LP said on Thursday after securing customer commitments for the project. The Westward Ho Pipeline, which […]

After Motiva glitch, no let-up yet in Saudi-US oil sales

Thu, 5th Jul 2012 22:57 NEW YORK, July 5 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia maintained crude oil shipments to the United States in June near their highest level since 2008, data showed, despite a serious glitch that has crippled its newly expanded joint-venture refinery in Texas. In the four weeks to June 29, the United States […]

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 […]

Saudi- Motiva shutdown may call for Aramco FDI review

The Port Arthur refinery is one of three refineries in the Gulf of Mexico region owned by Motiva Enterprises, LLC, which is another 50-50 joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Shell Oil Company. Its expansion took 5 years and $10 billion to complete. But with the bad news of shutting down the expansion project on […]

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 […]

Insight: In hours, caustic vapors wreaked quiet ruin on biggest U.S. refinery

(Reuters) – In the end, all it took was a small chemical spill — perhaps less than a barrelful — to bring down the newest, mightiest oil refinery in the United States. By Erwin Seba PORT ARTHUR, Texas | Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:50am IST (Reuters) – In the end, all it took was a […]

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, […]

No timeline for restart of Texas refinery unit-Motiva

Fri Jun 15, 2012 1:52pm EDT * New 325,000 bpd CDU may be shut for up to five months -sources * CDU furnace may have been heavily damaged -experts By Erwin Seba HOUSTON, June 15 (Reuters) – The operator of the largest U.S. oil refinery said on Friday it did not know how long a […]


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 Voser… Within days the facility shuts down… COMMENTS FROM A TRUSTED SOURCE John There is a familiar ring to the coverage on your website of the Motiva […]

Giant Port Arthur refinery unit seen shut for months

COMMENT POSTED ON OUR SHELL BLOG 12 JUNE 2012 Texvette: Is anyone surprised with the current issues with the new crude unit at Port Arthur. Word has it that: 1) the problems are much more severe than being reported, and 2) this is just “the tip of the iceberg”. Some wonder if the new $13 […]

Motiva crude unit remains out of production-sources

Fri Jun 8, 2012 10:25pm IST (Reuters) – A newly commissioned 325,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) crude distillation unit (CDU) remained out of production on Friday at Motiva Enterprises’ 600,000-bpd Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, said sources familiar with operations at the plant. No firm date has been set for returning the CDU to production, the sources said. Workers […]

Cooperation Between Shell and Aramco to Develop Refinery in Texas

Red Nova: Cooperation Between Shell and Aramco to Develop Refinery in Texas “…Saudi Arabia and the Shell Oil Company intend to increase to 600,000 barrels the daily oil refining capacity of their Port Arthur Refinery in the American state of Texas at a cost of $3.2 billion.” Posted Friday 30 September 2005 A-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper […]

Reuters: Saudi, Shell mull Texas Port Arthur refinery expansion

Reuters: Saudi, Shell mull Texas refinery expansion “With gasoline prices surging and refineries straining to meet demand, Saudi Arabia and oil giant Shell are mulling a plan to expand their joint venture refinery in Port Arthur, Texas…” HOUSTON, Sept 14, 2005 (Reuters) – With gasoline prices surging and refineries straining to meet demand, Saudi Arabia […]