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Fire causes evacuation of Motiva refinery in Louisiana

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Fire causes evacuation of Motiva refinery in Louisiana

Aug 11 2016, 16:39 ET | By: Carl Surran, SA News Editor

A large fire at the 235K bbl/day Motiva Enterprises refinery in Louisiana today forced workers to evacuate, causing a key distillation unit to shut and boosting prices of oil products.

The fire, which reportedly started in the 45K bbl/day heavy oil hydrocracker unit, is still burning but is now under control; it is not yet known what caused the fire or how long it would take to repair any damage, which could take months to fix if the fire damaged the reactors.

Futures for U.S. ultra-low sulfur diesel and gasoline rose more than 4% on the day, and the diesel crack spread surged more than 7%, Reuters reports.

Motiva is owned equally by subsidiaries of Saudi Aramco and Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B).

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