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Motiva to restart damaged unit in early 2013

Motiva to restart damaged unit in early 2013

By Simone Sebastian: Published 07:31 p.m., Thursday, July 19, 2012

Motiva Enterprises plans to restart the new crude distillation unit at its Port Arthur refinery early next year, after damage from a chemical leak shut it down last month, the company said Thursday.

Weeks after the May 31 ceremonial opening of the $10 billion Motiva expansion, a chemical leaked through the unit, corroding pipes and causing small fires.

At the time, officials of Royal Dutch Shell, which jointly owns the facility with Saudi Aramco, said the unit would be sidelined for an unspecified time as the damage was inspected and repaired.

The suspended unit was built to process up to 325,000 barrels of crude per day, separating it to be refined into gasoline and other fuels. Other units at the refinery are operating, though some at reduced levels, according to Motiva.

Motiva is designed to handle up to 600,000 barrels per day.

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