Motiva restarts CDU, other units after overhaul at largest refinery -sources

HOUSTON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Motiva Enterprises (MOTIV.UL) started restarting the second largest crude distillation unit (CDU) and other units after finishing an overhaul at its 626,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, the nation’s largest, on Tuesday, stated folks conversant in plant operations.

The 200,000-bpd VPS-4 CDU was shut on Sept. 30 for a deliberate overhaul, the sources stated. The work was scheduled to complete in November.

Also restarting are the 49,000-bpd catalytic reformer 4 (CRU-4) and the lube oil hydrocracker 4 (LHCU-4), the sources stated. Both had been shut at the identical time as VPS-4.

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

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 underneath excessive warmth and strain to transform feedstocks into extra worthwhile merchandise that additionally meet U.S. environmental requirements.

Reporting by Erwin Seba;
Editing by Sandra Maler

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