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Motiva Convent Said to Shut Crude Unit for a Month After Fire

Motiva Enterprises LLC’s refinery in Convent, Louisiana, may have to keep a crude unit shut for a month after an Aug. 19 fire, a person familiar with operations said.

The crude unit, one of two at the plant, has been shut since a seal failed on a pump after a fire, said the person who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. There were no injuries, the person said.

Destin Singleton, a spokeswoman for Shell in Houston, said on Aug. 19 that the fire broke out in the pump of a process unit at 2:25 p.m. local time and declined to name the equipment. She said in an e-mail today that she has no update on its status.

The 255,000-barrel-a-day Convent refinery is 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of New Orleans. Motiva is a refining and marketing joint venture of Saudi Refining Inc., a subsidiary of Saudi Arabian Oil Co., and Shell Oil, a unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

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