Motiva Enterprises LLC—a joint venture between Shell and Saudi Refining Inc.—announced that it has made significant progress toward expanding refining capacity in the United States. The company has completed initial project scoping and process design for a potential 325,000-barrel-per-day crude throughput increase at the Motiva Port Arthur Refinery in Texas.
The project would more than double the current 275,000 barrel-per-day capacity of the Port Arthur Refinery—originally built in 1903 as Texaco’s first refinery—to make it the largest in the US.
Pending regulatory approvals, Motiva would expect to initiate final engineering later in 2006 and begin construction in 2007. The new capacity would be projected to come online in 2010.
We are confident that the market fundamentals will support an expansion of our US refining capacity. Adding 325,000 barrels-per-day of refining capacity would be the equivalent of building a new refinery in the United States.—William B. Welte, Motiva President and CEO
The Shell-Saudi partnership runs two other Gulf Coast refineries, both in Louisiana: the Convent Refinery with a capacity of 225,000 barrels of crude oil daily and the Norco Refinery with a capacity of 240,000 barrels per day.