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Shell Motiva to shut Convent refinery for five to six weeks

By Rebecca Mowbray, The Times-Picayune

January 26, 2010, 10:51AM

(Bloomberg) — Motiva Enterprises LLC will shut a crude unit and reformer at its Convent, Louisiana, refinery on Jan. 28 for five to six weeks of planned maintenance, people familiar with the plant’s operations said.

The crude unit has a capacity of 130,000 to 140,000 barrels a day and is the larger of the plant’s two crude units, said the people, who declined to be identified because they are not authorized to speak for the refinery.

“I can’t comment on operational issues,” Kevin Hardy, a spokesman for the Convent refinery, said in an e-mail. “We don’t comment on anything that could have an impact on business.”

Motiva is a refining and marketing joint venture of Saudi Refining Inc., a subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, and Shell Oil Co., a unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

The 235,000 barrel-a-day plant is one of two that Motiva operates in South Louisiana. The other is in Norco.

Norco is the 25th-largest U.S. refinery by capacity and Convent is the 26th-largest, according to the Energy Department. Together, they account for about 5.4 percent of the refining capacity on the Gulf Coast.

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