Motiva Enterprises extinguished a fire at its 230,000-barrel-per-day refinery in Convent, Louisiana, on Thursday. The fire was located at the refinery’s 45,000 barrel-per-day oil hydrocracker.


Plant personnel will investigate the cause and extent of damage to the unit over the coming week, after which a timeline will be established for repairs and estimated unit restart. No others unit were affected by this incident. Industrial Info will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds.


The Convent refinery is in St. James Parish, Louisiana, along the Mississippi River. Built by Texaco in 1967, it is an integrated oil refinery that produces a full slate of conventional petroleum products, including regular, premium and low-sulfur gasoline. The refinery produces reformulated and conventional gasoline, primarily for the southeastern U.S.


Motiva is a 50:50 joint venture between Shell Oil Company of Royal Dutch Shell and Saudi Refining, a subsidiary of Saudi Aramco. However, the companies plan to split up the joint venture, and the Convent Refinery will be owned solely by Shell.

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