Motiva receives coker furnace cells for Port Arthur refinery expansion
7th November 2008 By Staff Writer
Motiva Enterprises has announced the delivery of three coker furnace cells to its Port Arthur refinery. The first of the three coker furnace deliveries marks an important step in Motiva’s expansion of its Port Arthur facility.
The furnaces are an integral part of the $7 billion refinery expansion project. Their function is to extract the remaining usable parts from the crude oil stream and help optimize the utilization of crude oil. The furnace units are built in Tulsa, Oklahoma, transported by barge, and assembled on site at the Port Arthur refinery. Upon completion, the Port Arthur refinery expansion will double the facility’s crude oil throughput capacity to 600,000 barrels per day. The upgrades will lead to new suppl’es of transportation fuels for US markets.
Bob Pease, president and CEO of Motiva, said: “Delivery of the coker furnace cells is a major sign of progress in our effort to expand the Port Arthur refinery. Not only will the expanded refinery add jobs and other stimuli to the local Port Arthur economy, the ref’nery expansion will also take us a step closer to meeting our nation’s long term energy demand by increasing US refined products output.”