Motiva CDU, other units restart at Port Arthur, Texas refinery -sources

HOUSTON, Nov 10 (Reuters) – The second largest crude distillation unit (CDU), a reformer and a lube oil hydrocracker accomplished restarting and have been working on Thursday at Motiva Enterprises (MOTIV.UL) 626,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Port Arthur, Texas, mentioned folks conversant in plant operations.

Motiva’s 81,000-bpd gasoline-producing fluidic catalytic cracker (FCC) was working usually on Thursday after a malfunction on Wednesday, the sources mentioned.

The 200,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) VPS-4 CDU was shut on Sept. 30 for a deliberate overhaul and commenced restarting over the weekend, the sources mentioned.

The 49,000-bpd catalytic reformer 4 (CRU-4) and the lube oil hydrocracker 4 (LHCU-4), have been shut at the identical time as VPS-4 and restarted together with it.

A sulfur restoration unit (SRU), additionally shut on Sept. 30, will restart in three weeks, the sources mentioned. The SRU’s overhaul was delayed by additional time it took to purge acid gasoline from the unit.

CDUs break down crude oil into feedstocks for all other units at the refinery. There are three CDUs at the Motiva refinery.

Reformers convert refining byproducts into reformate, which is added to unfinished gasoline to spice up octane ranges.

Hydrocrackers use hydrogen below excessive warmth and stress to transform feedstocks into extra worthwhile merchandise that additionally meet U.S. environmental requirements.

SRUs get better sulfur from hydrogen sulfide extracted throughout the manufacturing of motor fuels that adjust to U.S. environmental guidelines.

Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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