Motiva to run reduced rates at Port Arthur refinery after fire in sulfur unit

HOUSTON -- Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, is running four hydrotreaters and three lube units at reduced rates during the repair of a sulfur recovery unit, Bloomberg News reported, citing a person familiar with operations.

According to the report, there was a fire at the unit's reactor on August 12, 2013. The sulfur unit may be shut as long as two more weeks.

Kim Windon, a Houston based spokeswoman for Motiva, confirmed that there was a small fire in a unit that was quickly extinguished. She declined to comment on repairs to the unit.

Motiva’s Port Arthur refinery is the largest in the nation, with capacity to process 600,000 bpd of crude oil. Motiva is a joint venture of Royal Dutch Shell and Saudi Aramco.

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