Largest U.S. Refinery Restarts Production After Harvey

Largest U.S. Refinery Restarts Production After Harvey

The largest U.S. refinery was restarting production on Monday for the first time since being shut nearly two weeks ago by Hurricane Harvey, said sources familiar with plant operations.

Motiva Enterprises restored the 325,000 barrel per day (bpd) VPS-5 crude distillation unit at its 603,000 bpd Port Arthur, Texas, refinery to minimum production levels early in the day, the sources said.

After bringing VPS-5 online, Motiva began restarting the 105,000-bpd Hydrocracking Unit 2, the sources said. The HCU-2 is a lucrative source of motor fuel exports for Motiva.

Motiva confirmed the refinery was restarting units on Monday.

“Motiva can confirm that the restart of the Port Arthur Refinery is progressing well, and we expect to continue to ramp up production rates over the next few days as the area’s logistics infrastructure continues to improve,” the company said.

The refinery was shut Aug. 30 due to flooding from Harvey. Read More…

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