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Motiva Reports Early Power Snag At Port Arthur Refinery

Thursday, 13 May 2010 – 02:31

NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- Motiva Enterprises LLC (RDSA, RDSA.LN) Wednesday filed an emissions event report to Texas state environmental regulators stating that an early-day power outage slowed or shut several processing units.

The power interruption occurred just after 3:00 a.m. CDT and was caused by a fire at an electrical pole, the report to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said.

“Individual units followed start-up, shutdown and maintenance procedures to safely stabilize unit operations, and minimize emissions,” the filing said, but it was unclear whether operations had returned to normal.

A company representative wasn’t immediately available to comment.

Separately, Motiva reported its plan to restart a delayed coking unit following two weeks of maintenance earlier Wednesday. The start-up was scheduled to begin at approximately 9:00 a.m. CDT.

The Motiva Port Arthur refinery, 50% joint venture between units of Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA, RDSA.LN) and Saudi Aramco, has the capacity to process 275,000 barrels of crude oil a day.

-By Rose Marton-Vitale, Dow Jones Newswires; 212-416-2146; [email protected]

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May 12, 2010 19:31 ET (23:31 GMT)

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