Victor Corbella Torne - TOTAL Port Arthur
Hurricane Harvey caused a rapid shutdown of the delayed coker at the Total Port Arthur Refinery at the end of August, 2017. The shutdown was safely controlled by the operators despite adverse conditions. However, a number of secondary impacts resulted from this rapid, unplanned shutdown. The impacts to be reviewed are extensive piping plugging in resid circuits and coke combustion in an open, uncut coke drum. The team was able to get the unit unplugged in approximately 6 weeks after the incident. Due to drum damage, the operations unit was able to operate in 3 drum mode until a temporary drum repair could be made, approximately 5 months later. This story is an example of the DCU operations team’s ability to resolve problems and get the unit online as quickly as possible.