Motiva Port Arthur Said to Perform Minor Repairs on Hydrocracker

Motiva Enterprises LLC’s Port Arthur, Texas, refinery is performing minor repairs on a hydrocracker that caught fire Aug. 17 and expects to restart it, along with the plant’s largest crude unit, in a week or so, a person familiar with the work said.

The refinery is repairing electrical wiring at the hydrocracker, which doesn’t appear to have been structurally damaged in the blaze, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. The plant’s 325,000-barrel-a-day crude unit, taken out of service because it feeds gasoil to the hydrocracker, will resume operations once the cracker returns, the person said.

Destin Singleton, a Houston-based spokeswoman for Motiva, declined by e-mail to comment on the repairs. She said Aug. 19 that a unit was shut after “an operational issue” and that several other units associated with it were either taken out of service or are running at reduced rates.

The Port Arthur refinery can process 600,000 barrels of crude a day, making it the largest in the U.S., data compiled by Bloomberg show. Motiva, a joint venture between refining units of Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and the Saudi Arabian Oil Co., finished an expansion at the plant last year that allows it to handle most crude grades, the company’s website shows.

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