Motiva Convent Plant Said to Plan Crude Unit Shutdown in January

Motiva Enterprises LLC’s Convent refinery in Louisiana plans to shut a crude unit for maintenance in January, according to a person familiar with the schedule.

The refinery is to take a vacuum distillation unit out of service for repairs that were delayed from last year, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.

Destin Singleton, a Motiva spokeswoman in Houston, declined to comment on the work, saying the company doesn’t discuss maintenance plans.

The Convent refinery, 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of New Orleans, can run 255,000 barrels a day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The plant receives crude primarily by pipeline and distributes finished oil 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.

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