Motiva Port Arthur Said to Run Hydrotreaters at Reduced Rates

Motiva Enterprises LLC’s Port Arthur, Texas, refinery will operate four hydrotreaters and three lube units at reduced rates while a sulfur recovery unit remains shut for repairs, according to a person familiar with operations.

The sulfur unit may be shut as long as two more weeks, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information is not public.

The unit’s reactor caught fire on Aug. 12. Workers are trying to cool down the unit to a temperature low enough to begin repairs, the person said.

Kim Windon, a Houston-based spokeswoman for Motiva, confirmed that there was a small fire in a unit that was quickly extinguished. She declined to comment on repairs to the unit.

Motiva’s Port Arthur refinery is the largest in the nation, with capacity to process 600,000 barrels of crude oil a day. Motiva is a joint venture between refining units of Royal Dutch Shell Plc and the Saudi Arabian Oil Co., known as Saudi Aramco.

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