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Motiva Convent Refinery Plans Sulfur Unit Work, Filing Shows

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Sept. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Motiva Enterprises LLC’s Convent refinery in Louisiana plans to perform work on a sulfur unit during a turnaround that will last about 63 days, the company said in a filing with state regulators.

The refinery requested an emissions variance starting Sept. 3 for turnaround work on Sulfur Recovery Unit 5. It was approved by the state in a filing dated Sept. 4 that showed the maintenance would be “beyond the scope of a regular turnaround.” The variance will expire Nov. 20, the filing shows.

Destin Singleton, a Motiva spokeswoman in Houston, said that the refinery is operating at planned rates.

Motiva also plans to do sulfur plant work in January to install new heat exchangers, said a person familiar with the schedule in August.

The refinery will also shut a crude unit for maintenance in January, according to another person. That person said Aug. 26 that the plant will take a vacuum distillation unit out of service for repairs that were delayed from last year. The people asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.

The Convent refinery, 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of New Orleans, can process 255,000 barrels a day of crude, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The plant receives feedstocks primarily by pipeline and distributes refined products by pipe, rail, truck and water to markets on the Gulf Coast and in the southeastern U.S., the company said on its website.

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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eliot Caroom in New York at ecaroom@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net