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Motiva Releases Emissions at Convent Refinery in Louisiana

By Paul Burkhardt – Apr 12, 2011 12:37 PM GMT+0100

Motiva Enterprises LLC’s Convent Refinery in Louisiana released 500 pounds of sulfur dioxide from three flare stacks because of an imbalance in the fuel gas system, according to a filing with the National Response Center.

U.S. refineries must notify the response center if they release hazardous substances in excess of reportable quantities, according to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, commonly known as Superfund.

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. (RDSA)

A message left on Shell’s media line wasn’t immediately returned.

The Convent refinery can process 255,000 barrels of crude a day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

To contact the reporter on this story: Paul Burkhardt in New York at [email protected];

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at [email protected].

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