CORRECT: Shell Reports Fire, Unplanned Unit Outage At Motiva Port Arthur Refinery
First Published Sunday, 13th May 2012 08:22 pm - © 2012 Dow Jones
("Valero Reports Fire, Unplanned Unit Outage At Port Arthur Refinery," at 15:22 EDT misstated the owner/operator of the Port Arthur refinery. A corrected version follows.)
NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- Shell Oil (RDSB.LN, RDSA.LN) said a unit was shut unplanned on Saturday at its joint venture Motiva refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, after a relatively brief fire at an associated heater.
A filing to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, or TCEQ, said the R2 heater outlet check-valve caught fire which resulted in the shutdown of a lube hydrocracking unit at around 7:45 a.m. CDT on Saturday.
"(The) Unit was Shut down and depressured to (the) flare system per Emergency shutdown procedures. (The) Plant emergency response team responded and extinguished the fire. (The) Unit was isolated and secured," the filing to the TCEQ said.
The extent of the damage to the unit wasn't specified in the filing; it is unclear when it will be returned to service. A company representative wasn't immediately available to comment.
The Motiva refinery is a joint-venture with Saudi Refining; the total throughput capacity is rated at 310,000 barrels a day.
-By Rose Marton-Vitale, Dow Jones Newswires; 201-264-4185;