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Motiva says it will hire locally

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By DAN WALLACH

March 6, 2010

A Baton Rouge, La., company called Performance Contractors last week won a contract from the Motiva Enterprises Port Arthur refinery to build a large piece of the refinery’s crude expansion project.

Motiva did not reveal the amount of Performance’s contract that accounts for a portion of the estimated $7 billion project that will double the refinery’s capacity to 600,000 barrels of crude oil refining per day.

Motiva’s expansion project director Nick Smallwood has estimated that the project will employ about 6,500 construction workers at its peak. The refinery expects activity to intensify this year.

Project executives associated with Motiva’s crude expansion responded by e-mail to questions from The Enterprise about the project, local hiring and consideration of local contractors for jobs there.

The answers were provided through Motiva spokeswoman Verna Rutherford and attributed to Smallwood and Bill McCauley, Motiva’s manager of contracts and procurement for the expansion.

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