By ALISON SIDER
Motiva Enterprises said the crude unit of its Port Arthur refinery expansion in Texas leaked while
being restarted Sunday and was shut down.
Kimberly Windon, spokeswoman for Royal Dutch Shell, said the
company still plans to have the VPS 5 crude distillation unit fully restarted
"in the early part of this year."
"We anticipate making the necessary adjustments/repairs and
returning the unit to normal operation in an expeditious
manner," Ms. Windon wrote in an email Monday.
The Motiva refinery is jointly owned by Shell
and Saudi Arabian Oil Co. The new crude unit is the culmination
of a $10 billion expansion project that added 325,000 bpd of
capacity and made the refinery one of the largest in the
The new crude unit, first commissioned in May, recently
experienced several setbacks. Last month the company began the
process of bringing the unit back online after six months of
repairs but was stymied by a small mechanical fire and then by
evidence of another leak, sources said at the time.
Last week, the sources familiar with the refinery's operations said the crude
unit was in restart mode for the third time in 30 days.
Dow Jones Newswires