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Reuters: Motiva making final plan for Port Arthur expansion

HOUSTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Motiva Enterprises LLC said on Thursday it was drawing up a final design and engineering plan for a possible 325,000 barrel per day (bpd) expansion of its 275,000 bpd refinery in Port Arthur, Texas.

Motiva’s board plans to make a final decision by the middle of 2007 on investing an estimated $5 billion in the expansion of the refinery located on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

If completed, the project would make the Motiva Port Arthur refinery the largest in the United States.

Motiva has received regulatory approval from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for the expansion and has awarded a project management contract to a Bechtel Corp.-Jacobs Engineering joint venture.

Motiva is a joint venture between Saudi Refining and Shell Oil Co., the U.S. subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile , Research).

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