Motiva plans Sept CDU, reformer overhauls at Port Arthur, Texas, refinery

HOUSTON, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Motiva Enterprises plans to overtake the second largest crude distillation unit (CDU) and a catalytic reformer at its 626,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Port Arthur, Texas, refinery starting as early as Sept. 19, mentioned sources aware of the corporate’s plans on Friday.

The firm can be planning an overhaul of the big hydrocracker at the Port Arthur refinery, the nation’s largest, starting in January, the sources mentioned.

An organization spokesperson didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

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The 200,000-bpd VPS-4 CDU, 49,000-bpd CRU-4 and a sulfolane unit will likely be shut from Sept. 19 into November, the sources mentioned.

The 105,000-bpd diesel-producing HCU-2 will likely be shut in January and February for the deliberate overhaul, the sources mentioned.

CDUs are the primary models to course of crude oil by breaking it down into feedstocks used to make motor fuels, lubricants and plastics.

Reformers convert naphtha in high-value gasoline blendstocks that improve octane.

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Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Leslie Adler and Chris Reese

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