Motiva Restarts Two CDUs at Port Arthur, Texas (U.S.) Refinery
04.15.2024 By Tank Terminals - NEWS

April 15, 2024 [Hydrocarbon Processing]- Motiva Enterprises restarted two crude distillation units overnight at its 626,000 bpd Port Arthur, Texas (U.S.) refinery, the nation’s largest, after a power outage, people familiar with plant operations said on Thursday.


Motiva began restarting the gasoline-producing fluidic catalytic cracker Thursday morning, the sources said.

The 200,000-bpd VPS-4 CDU, 90,000-bpd VPS-2 CDU and 81,000-bpd FCC were among nine units shut by the power interruption as a line of severe thunderstorms, which spawned one tornado, swept over east Port Arthur, according to a notice the company filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

The refinery’s largest CDU, the 350,000-bpd VPS-5, remained in operation, according to the sources.

The company’s 54,000-bpd DCU-1 coker, an 18,000-bpd alkylation unit, an 85,000-bpd CRU-5 reformer and a 49,000-bpd CRU-4 reformer were also shut along with two hydrotreaters, according to the TCEQ notice.

VPS-4 is the second-largest and VPS-2 is the smallest of three CDUs breaking down crude oil into feedstocks for all other units at the Motiva refinery.

Hydrotreaters use hydrogen to remove sulfur from hydrocarbon products in compliance with the U.S. environmental rules.

Cokers convert residual crude oil from distillation units into either motor fuel feedstocks or petroleum coke, a coal substitute.

Reformers and alkylation units use a different process to produce octane-boosting components, which are added to unfinished gasoline to make premium-grade fuels.


Free Trial: Access 13,300 Tank Terminal and Production Facilities

13,300 tank storage and production facilities as per the date of this article. Click on the button and register to get instant access to actionable tank storage industry data

Wood Bags Six-Year Contract on Shell’s Prelude Facility
07.12.2024 - NEWS
July 12, 2024 [Yahoo Finance]- Shell has awarded a six-year contract to engineering company Woo... Read More
Malaysia’s Bintulu LNG Plant to Get First Supplies from Jerun Gas Field
07.12.2024 - NEWS
July 12, 2024 [LNG Prime]- Malaysia’s giant Bintulu LNG plant, operated by Petronas, will soon ... Read More
Rubis Terminal Rebrands as Tepsa, Building on Legacy and Embracing Evolution
07.12.2024 - NEWS
July 12, 2024 [Storage Terminals Magazine]- Rubis Terminal is excited to announce a strategic reb... Read More
Adnoc Awards Abu Dhabi Airport Tank Farm Project
07.11.2024 - NEWS
July 11, 2024 [MEED]- Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) has awarded the main engineering, pr... Read More