UPDATE 1-Worker at Motiva’s Port Arthur refinery dies
16:33, Tuesday 19 April 2011 * Worker found slumped on scaffold, TV says * Company says death appears to be of natural causes HOUSTON, April 19 (Reuters) – A contract employee who was working at Motiva Enterprises’ 285,000-barrels-per-day Port Arthur, Texas refinery died on Monday, a spokeswoman for his employer said. The man worked for Becon Construction Co, a subsidiary of Bechtel Corp, Bechtel spokeswoman Michelle Allen said on Tuesday. “His death was not work-related and appears to be natural causes,” Allen said, declining to disclose further details.
KIII-TV, a south Texas television station, reported that workers saw the 52-year-old man slumped over on a scaffold late on Monday afternoon. He was taken to a hospital where he died less than an hour later, the station reported. The station also said a judge had ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Motiva is jointly owned by Shell Oil Co and Saudi Aramco subsidiary Saudi Refining Inc. Shell declined comment on the death, deferring to Bechtel. Motiva is working to complete a $5 billion expansion by early 2012 that will lift its capacity to 600,000 bpd, making it the largest U.S. refinery. (Reporting by Kristen Hays in Houston and Soma Das in Bangalore; Editing by Dale Hudson)