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Motiva's Texas (U.S.) coker to restart in next two weeks, say sources

(Reuters) - Motiva Enterprises plans to restart the large coker at its 626,000 bpd Port Arthur, Texas, refinery within the next two weeks, said people familiar with the company’s plans on Friday.

The 110,000-bpd DCU-2 coker was scheduled to restart by Feb. 15 from a planned overhaul that began on Jan. 8, according to the sources. The restart was delayed for needed repairs to valves and coke drums after the overhaul finished.

A Motiva spokesperson was not immediately available to discuss refinery operations.

Motiva could begin the coker restart as early as this weekend and complete the restart within a week, but the company is prepared to take up to two weeks to return the unit to full production, the sources said.

DCU-2 is the larger of two cokers at the Motiva refinery converting residual crude oil from distillation units into either motor fuel feedstocks or petroleum coke, which can be used as a coal substitute.

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