* Coker, hydrotreaters, reformers restarts planned
* Planned production rates expected later in the week
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HOUSTON Jan 11 Motiva Enterprises plans to
return a 180,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) vacuum distillation unit
to operation Wednesday at its 285,000-bpd Port Arthur, Texas,
refinery, according to sources familiar with refinery
A Motiva spokesman declined to discuss refinery
The refinery was shut on Jan. 4 when a crane collapse
knocked out power and damaged feed lines to the refinery's two
vacuum units, which do the initial refining of crude oil in the
A 75,000 bpd vacuum unit was back in operation by Monday
after restarting over the weekend.
The units are expected to reach planned production levels
by the end of the week, the sources said.
A delayed coking unit, six hydrotreaters and a catalytic
reforming unit will come on line after the larger crude unit is
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is
investigating the Jan. 4 accident when the 200-foot (61-meter)
tall crane toppled over backwards while lifting pipe as part of
an expansion project aimed at boosting the Port Arthur
refinery's capacity to 600,000 bpd by early 2012.
Once the expansion is complete, the refinery would be the
largest in the United States.
The accident was the second crane mishap on the project. In
April, a worker was killed when material fell off a crane.
Motiva is a joint venture between Shell Oil Co (RDSa.L) and
(Reporting by Erwin Seba)