March 23, 2011 at 3:10 pm #2333
UPDATE 1 – Total starting up new Port Arthur Refinery Coker
Thu Mar 17, 2011 5:04pm EDT
* $2.2-billion project increases refinery capability
* SRU and a vacuum unit also added to refinery
HOUSTON, March 17, 2011 (Reuters) – Total Petrochemicals was starting up a new 50,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) coking unit at its 232,000-bpd Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, a company spokeswoman said on Thursday.
The start-up began on Wednesday, completing a three-year, $2.2-billion project that will enable the refinery to process cheaper high-sulfur, high-density crude oils. The coker recovers more refinable material from a barrel of oil and turns the residue into coke, which looks like coal and can be used to replace it.
The project is intended to increase the capabilities of the refinery.
A sulfur recovery unit (SRU) and a vacuum distillation unit were also added to the refinery as part of the project. (Reporting by Erwin Seba in Houston and Soma Das in Bangalore;editing by Sofina Mirza-Reid)
March 23, 2011 at 3:26 pm #5197
Here is update on Total’s startup of its new coker (50MBD, 4 drum unit by ) and the ~completion of its $2.2 Billion expansion project (cost of coker was ~$900 million) which keep on its schedule despite the economic delays and crude supply issues that delayed the other two Pt Arthur Refinery/Coker projects.
So Total’s expansion and new coker will be the first of three Pt Arthur Mega expansions/coker additions online.
– Motiva’s Pt Arthur (former Star Refinery) $7 Billion expansion to 600 MBD with a second/new 6 drum 95MBD coker (with COP Technology) was delayed in 2009 until 1Q 2012 for economic reason although the project was nearly 80% complete and the coke drum units were in place by 1Q2010.
– Valero’s Pt Arthur (former Premcor Refinery) $2.4 Billion expansion to 450MBD and 45MBD new coker addition (FW technology) was first delayed to coincide with Canadian P/L in Sep 2008 and the coker was later canceled by Oct 2008. The Valero project was restarted in Sep 2010 but reduced in size to ~$1.6 Billion with only the HydroCracker addition (also tied to HC addition at St Charles plant).
May 11, 2011 at 2:36 am #5108
Here is another update on the Total Pt Arthur Refinery completion of its expansion/deep conversion project which also installed a 50MBD 4 drum coker using Foster Wheeler technology and installed by Fluor. CER comment
Total Port Arthur Refinery completes conversion project
By Dan Wallach Updated 09:11 a.m., Friday, May 6, 2011
See all 29 pictures of the Total Coker & conversion project posted @ http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/business/article/Total-Port-Arthur-Refinery-completes-conversion-1367569.php#photo-2
May 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm #5073
Total Says Port Arthur, Texas, Coker Project Starts Safely
By Leela Landress –
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May 5, 2011 11:25 AM CT
Total SA (FP), Europes third-largest oil company, started a new 50,000-barrel-a-day coker project at its Port Arthur refinery in Texas that will increase the refinerys ability to process heavy and sour crude oil, according to a company statement.
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