BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Repairs to flaws in a $10 billion expansion project at the Motiva Port Arthur Refinery should be completed and the new crude oil unit made fully functional by next spring.
The Beaumont Enterprise (http://bit.ly/TmJwNR) reports a microscopic crack has kept the expanded crude unit from going online.
When the expanded unit becomes operational, Motiva Port Arthur will become the nation's largest refinery, doubling its existing production capacity to more than 600,000 barrels per day. Motiva officials say annual production will be enough to supply the gasoline needs of France, Italy and Scandinavia combined.
The refinery's production will be for the United States, however, and has produced 285,000 barrels per day during repairs.
Motiva is a joint venture of Shell Oil Co. and Saudi Refining Inc., a subsidiary of Saudi Aramco.
Information from: The Beaumont Enterprise, http://beaumontenterprise.com