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Key facts about Port Arthur Refinery

  • Location: Gulf of Mexico, US
  • Category: Complex refinery
  • Interest: Shell 50%, Saudi-Aramco 50%

Latest developments

On 31 May 2012 a turning of the valve ceremony took place at the Port Arthur refinery, celebrating the completion of a five year construction project that more than doubled the facility’s daily processing capacity to 600,000 barrels of crude.

Technology

The expanded Port Arthur refinery is now capable of handling most grades of crudes, even the lowest quality. A new three-unit naphtha processing complex includes a catalytic reformer which will convert 85,000 b/d into high octane gasoline for blending. The scale of the expansion includes 725 pumps, 19 compressors, 514 heat exchangers and several new tanks.

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Motiva Enterprises LLC is a joint venture between Shell and Saudi Refining Inc. It refines, distributes, and markets oil products in the eastern and southern US.