UPDATE 2-Largest U.S. refinery shuts crude units due to Colonial outage -sources

(Recasts lead with unit shutdowns due to Colonial outage)

HOUSTON, May 10 (Reuters) – The largest U.S. refinery shut two crude distillation units on Sunday due to the Colonial Pipeline outage, in accordance to individuals aware of the matter.

Motiva Enterprises LLC’s 607,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Port Arthur, Texas, refinery shut the 195,000-bpd VPS-4 CDU and the 80,000-bpd VPS-2 CDU together with the 49,000-bpd reformer and 19,200-bpd lube oil hydrocracker, the individuals mentioned.

Motiva declined to focus on the standing of indvidual units on the Port Arthur refinery.

Temporary idling manufacturing on the 2 CDUs reduces manufacturing on the Motiva’s refinery by 45%.

Motiva’s refinery has three CDUs. The largest of the three, the 325,000-bpd VPS-5, remained in operation on Monday, the sources mentioned. CDUs break down crude oil into the feedstocks for all different units within the refinery.

Reformers convert refining byproducts into octane-boosting parts added to gasoline.

Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Alex Richardson and Will Dunham

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