HOUSTON (Reuters) - A reformer and a hydrotreatung unit (HTU) shut down on Thursday at Motiva Enterprises’ 607,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, the nation’s largest, said sources familiar with plant operations.
Motiva declined to comment on operations at the Port Arthur refinery.
A time line has not been set for restarting the 49,000 bpd Catalytic Reforming Unit 4 (CRU 4) and the 32,000 bpd Hydrotreating Unit 3 (HTU 3) following the unplanned shutdowns, the sources said.
Reformers convert low-octane refining byproducts into octane boosting components that are blended into gasoline.
HTU 3 uses hydrogen to remove sulfur from light gas oil in compliance with U.S. environmental rules.
Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama