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Motiva Port Arthur Refinery running at full capacity {now largest in world)
Fuel Fix ^ | March 6, 2013 | Dan Wallach

Posted on 03/07/2013 9:10:00 AM PST by thackney

The expanded Motiva Port Arthur Refinery has reached its full operating capacity of 600,000 barrels of crude processing nearly eight months after a new unit suffered internal damage, causing a major disruption in the $10 billion expansion project.

A Shell Oil Co. spokeswoman said Wednesday Motiva is running at planned rates, making it the largest refinery in the world. “We have been safely and steadily ramping up the unit for several weeks,” Shell spokeswoman Kayla Macke said. “We have continuously monitored the unit’s progress and have achieved satisfactory results.”

Shell is part owner of Motiva along with the national Saudi Arabian oil company.

In early June 2012, about a week after the formal commissioning of the expansion project, which essentially built a new refinery within an existing and continually operating refinery, a small fire caused a stream of crude oil into a processing unit to shut down. However, another stream of a caustic chemical that helps to break down the crude oil for refining did not shut down. As the caustic was heated and vaporized, cracks in welds formed.

After assessment and repairs, Motiva began to bring the new units back into operation.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: energy; refinery

1 posted on 03/07/2013 9:10:04 AM PST by thackney
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To: thackney

Where is it located?


2 posted on 03/07/2013 9:12:13 AM PST by nikos1121
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To: nikos1121

Port Arthur, Texas.

Near the mouth of the Sabine River separating Louisiana and Texas, close to Beaumont.


3 posted on 03/07/2013 9:13:16 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: nikos1121

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=motiva&hl=en&ll=29.878309,-93.964176&spn=0.066162,0.111494&sll=29.86774,-93.952503&sspn=0.066169,0.111494&t=h&gl=us&hq=motiva&z=14&iwloc=A


4 posted on 03/07/2013 9:15:24 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney
And I can't wait till the first turnarounds start!
Everybody will get an even better understanding of the long term capability of the new units.
5 posted on 03/07/2013 9:15:34 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: nikos1121
My back yard! LOL
(well, I can see it from my back yard)
6 posted on 03/07/2013 9:16:54 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: thackney
Now we'll see how the Keystone pipeline BS goes!
All that is needed is the oil since everything is running!
7 posted on 03/07/2013 9:20:03 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: nikos1121

Port Arthur.


8 posted on 03/07/2013 9:20:08 AM PST by Hoodat (I stand with Rand.)
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To: philman_36
What a view!

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=motiva&hl=en&ll=29.890875,-93.949201&spn=0.000467,0.001742&sll=29.86774,-93.952503&sspn=0.066169,0.111494&t=h&gl=us&hq=motiva&z=20&layer=c&cbll=29.890875,-93.949201&panoid=LvY_8aX57YA8rrHoQ1e-VA&cbp=11,229.43,,0,6.93

I've done work at the “nearby” ExxonMobil in Beaumont. We competed for labor during the early stages of this expansion.

9 posted on 03/07/2013 9:20:56 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: philman_36

Keystone fails Texas common-carrier test, landowners say
http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/03/07/keystone-fails-texas-common-carrier-test-landowners-say/

Sure is a lot of push back compared to other Texas projects.


10 posted on 03/07/2013 9:22:28 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney
What a view!
Indeed!

I've always loved the view coming into Port Arthur by either Hwy 73 or the bridges over the Sabine River in Bridge City at night.
It looks like you're driving into a huge city when it's simply the refinery lights.

11 posted on 03/07/2013 9:36:32 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: thackney
Before they wound up in a state court last year, Holland rejected TransCanada’s offer of $446,864 for an easement across his farm, according to court papers.

Rejecting an underground pipeline for that price!?
I don't get it. It's not like the cows are going to notice it! LOL

David Holland, whose cattle and rice farm lies next to a cluster of refineries...

I don't see what the problem is when you see all of the easements already in place.
Search Real Estate Index

12 posted on 03/07/2013 9:54:59 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: philman_36

Gas prices will not go down because the production will be sent overseas. The free market at work.


13 posted on 03/07/2013 9:58:13 AM PST by Orange1998
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To: thackney
Judge to rule on pipeline land-taking September 12, 2012
In comments before the hearing, Holland said the proposed line would make a hayfield useless for the next four years.

Plenty of pipelines cross his property now, he said. But the Keystone line would create what he's been told would be an “invisible barrier” that could not be crossed with heavy equipment used in farming, which is a restriction not imposed by other pipelines, he said.

Holland said he doesn't oppose Keystone's line, which would carry crude oil from tar sands in Canada's northwest. He does oppose TransCanada's lack of what he considers adequate environmental protection and a “lowball” compensation offer, which he said would put him $30,000 in the hole.

$446,864 is lowball?!

14 posted on 03/07/2013 10:13:33 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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But the Keystone line would create what he's been told would be an “invisible barrier” that could not be crossed with heavy equipment used in farming

False, plenty of these all over Texas and the rest of the US to prove this wrong.

15 posted on 03/07/2013 10:22:00 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: philman_36
Crazy to think the Keystone is so different than all the others.


16 posted on 03/07/2013 10:24:06 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Orange1998
Gas prices will not go down because the production will be sent overseas.
Others don't agree with you.

Benefits of Keystone XL Pipeline are clear By Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio)
Approximately two-thirds of the price of gasoline is determined by the global market price of crude oil, according to the Energy Information Administration. Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline will strengthen our energy partnership internationally and allow us to have a positive impact on global energy demands. The Keystone XL Pipeline would deliver an additional 830,000 barrels of oil per day to the U.S. from Canada, our largest source of oil.

It might take time, but they'll drop. As you say...the free market at work.

Perhaps you should also consider the government's role in that problem through its regulations.

I'm more interested right now in the positive economic impact the pipeline will immediately have in this area. You know...something like jobs which in turn means money spent which in turn means more jobs which in turn...well, you get the picture.

17 posted on 03/07/2013 10:30:16 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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...what he's been told...

I would like to know who told him that and why he believed them.

18 posted on 03/07/2013 10:32:41 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: thackney

Did I kill your thread? I didn’t mean to.


19 posted on 03/07/2013 12:18:19 PM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: philman_36

It was a limited interest topic.

Most people can’t see the refinery from their backyard.

;-)


20 posted on 03/07/2013 12:21:01 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: philman_36

In agreement on the jobs. Gasoline and Diesel is now part of the global market. America currently exports more refined petroleum products than we consume.

Remember way back when the Diesel prices were quite a bit lower than gasoline. Now its more expensive than gasoline because it’s sent overseas.

Many seem to believe diesel is higher because of regulations but gasoline has it’s fair share of regulations ie: ethanol, emissions ect.


21 posted on 03/07/2013 3:44:57 PM PST by Orange1998
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To: philman_36
Did I do That? LOL


22 posted on 03/07/2013 4:05:18 PM PST by Orange1998
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