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Increased need for plant jobs

Dec 14, 2009: The Beaumont Enterprise

The largest prospect in Southeast Texas is at the Motiva Enterprises refinery, which plans to hire eight major contractors to build its $7 billion refinery expansion — perhaps as early as the first three months of 2010.

That would be about a year after Motiva completed what it called a “cost review” of the project as the price of oil dropped and worldwide demand for refined product slackened. Still, Motiva kept bringing in the major pieces of equipment for the expansion.

Those contractors will have hired a construction work force of about 6,500 by mid-2010, said Nick Smallwood, Motiva’s expansion project director, told The Enterprise in an e-mailed statement.

“They will then hire a variety of subcontractors. At that point, the project will shift to a more intensive construction pace,” Smallwood said.

Motiva refinery’s general manager, Forrest Lauher, said the project is planned for completion in early 2012.

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