November 18, 2006 at 7:11 pm #4109
Motiva Receives Air Permit for Proposed Port Arthur Refinery Expansion; Advanced Technology Would Further Minimize Emissions From the Facility
Wednesday November 15, 4:56 pm ET
HOUSTON, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ — Motiva Enterprises LLC announced today that the company has received a renewal of its air permit for its Port Arthur, Texas Refinery and an air permit to construct a major expansion of the refinery. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) approved the operating permit covering the facility’s current operations and a crude capacity expansion project proposed for the refinery. The 325,000 barrel-per- day (b/d) expansion project would increase the refinery’s throughput capacity to 600,000 b/d making it the largest refinery in the U.S. and one of the largest in the world.
Motiva continues to make significant progress toward the expansion of the Port Arthur Refinery while it works toward final internal approval of the project around mid-year 2007. An expansion would more than double refining capacity, while minimizing emissions from the facility. Motiva will utilize advanced technology in all new system installations and replace existing systems to significantly lower emissions from refinery operations on a per barrel basis. The company anticipates construction on the expansion project to begin in 2007 with new capacity coming online sometime during 2010.
“We want to thank the TCEQ for thoroughly reviewing the information in our application and granting approval of the air permit in a timely manner,” said Bert Molina, Manager, Regulatory Affairs for Motiva. “The Motiva Port Arthur Refinery is a leader in the community and a steward of safe and environmentally safe operations,” Molina added.
The proposed expansion project is expected to generate more than 3,500 construction jobs and about 300 new permanent jobs upon completion. Motiva is working with the Texas Work Force Commission, Southeast Texas Workforce Development Board, Lamar State College, representative work groups, vocational institutions and local school systems on a plan to recruit and train qualified members of the work force to take full advantage of the job opportunities.
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Motiva Enterprises LLC is a refining and marketing joint venture owned by affiliates of Shell and Saudi Aramco. Motiva’s marketing operations support a network of nearly 7,700 Shell-branded gasoline stations in the eastern and southern United States. Company assets include three refineries located in Norco, Louisiana; Convent, Louisiana, and Port Arthur, Texas, capable of refining approximately 740,000 barrels per day, and ownership or partial interests in 42 product terminals
November 18, 2006 at 7:12 pm #7509
Update on the Motiva Port Arthur Expansion (and potential coker expansion since they will be using heavy crude) – Valero & Total Refineries at Port Arthur are also doing expansions and coker additions. The 600,000 BPD size would be a 4 way tie for first with several capacity increases going on at the same time – like some of these and Marathon doubling capacity at Garyville – are all in the same size range.
December 9, 2007 at 9:42 pm #7141
Secretary of Energy to oversee Motiva groundbreaking
The Port Arthur News Dec. 7, 2007 3pm
Motiva’s refinery expansion groundbreaking ceremony is welcoming the biggest names in energy. U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel W. Bodman will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of the Motiva Port Arthur Refinery at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10.
Bodman will discuss the importance of increasing domestic refinery capacity to boost gasoline supply to Americans across the country and advance our nation’s energy security. The Motiva Port Arthur Refinery is located at 2555 Savannah Avenue. In September, Motiva announced expansion plans to double its capacity to 600,000 barrels a day making it the biggest plant in the United States.
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