Motiva restarting second-largest crude unit at Port Arthur, Texas, refinery -sources

Flood waters brought on by Tropical Storm Harvey embody the Motiva Enterprises LLC in Port Arthur, Texas, U.S. August 31, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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HOUSTON, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Motiva Enterprises (MOTIV.UL)on Monday started restarting the second-largest crude distillation unit (CDU) at its 607,000 barrel-per-day Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, stated sources acquainted with plant operations.

A Motiva spokesperson didn’t reply to a request for remark.

The 195,000-bpd VPS-4 was amongst items shut at the Motiva refinery, the nation’s largest, on Sunday morning by an influence outage, the sources stated. Power was restored by Monday morning.

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In addition to VPS-4, the 54,000-bpd coker, the 49,000-bpd catalytic reformer 4 and the 25,200-bpd heavy fuel oil hydrotreater had been shut by the facility outage.

VPS-4 is one in every of three items that breaks down crude oil into feedstocks for all different items at the refinery.

Cokers convert residual crude oil from distillation items into both motor gas feedstocks or petroleum coke, which can be utilized as a coal substitute.

Reformers convert refining by-products into octane-boosting elements added to unfinished gasoline.

Hydrotreaters use hydrogen to take away sulfur from motor fuels in compliance with U.S. environmental guidelines.

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Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Louise Heavens and Dan Grebler

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