ABOUT THE MOTIVA PORT ARTHUR, TEXAS REFINERY
The Port Arthur Refining celebrated its 100th anniversary on November 13, 2003. Motiva Port Arthur Refinery is a joint venture with a 50% ownership between Shell Oil Products US and Saudi Aramco Refining. The refinery is located in close proximity to near neighborhoods and works in partnership with its citizens. It is designed to convert approximately 275,000 barrels per day of crude oil. The refinery operates the largest single lube plant in the United States, producing lubricant base oils that are sold to Shell Lubricants as well as to other customers. The refinery employs approximately 900.
The Port Arthur Refinery is approximately 3,600 acres that is located in Jefferson County and within the city limits of Port Arthur, Texas. The refinery is located in close proximity to near neighborhoods. The refinery is accessible by Highway 73 and Savannah Avenue in Port Arthur and approximately 90 miles from Houston, Texas.
The Port Arthur Refinery began operations as the Texas Company's (Texaco) first refinery in 1903 and was a direct by-product of the January 10, 1901, Lucas gusher and the resulting Spindletop oil boom at Beaumont.
RECENT HISTORY On January 1, 1989, Saudi Refining, Inc. purchased 50% of Port Arthur refinery as part of a joint venture with Texaco and Saudi Refining known as Star Enterprise. On July 1, 1998, a joint venture was formed between Texaco, Saudi Refining and Shell Oil Co. under the name Motiva Enterprises LLC. In 2001, Texaco was purchased by Chevron and its interest in Motiva was sold to Shell and Saudi Refining on February 13, 2002. Port Arthur Refinery is still operated as Motiva, which is now jointly owned by Shell and Saudi Refining.
The refinery employs a diverse workforce of approximately 900 persons with an experienced force of 57% being over the age of 50 and 20% under the age of 40. The refinery has approximately 400 contractors on site at any given time.
Process and Maintenance Technicians operate the processing units and maintain the plant equipment. Safety and Environmental professionals, Engineers, Chemists, Quality Assurance Technicians, Business and Human Resource and Communications professionals support them.
WHAT WE MAKE
- Gasoline: Regular, premium unleaded and low-sulfur gasoline. The refinery produces reformulated and conventional gasoline for domestic
- Jet Fuel : Commercial aviation fuel
- Diesel Fuel and Heating Oil: Low-sulfur diesel is used in the trucking industry and in heavy-duty machinery. Heating oil is used as fuel for furnaces primarily in the northeastern U.S.
- #6 Oil: Tanker fuel, power generation and locomotives
- Chemical Feedstocks: Ethane, propane and butane are used in the manufacture of ethylene, a major building block for chemical products. Other products include gas oils, naphtha and reformats
- Largest single lube plant in the US, producing lubricant base oils
HOW WE TRANSPORT IT
The facility has access to multiple major crude oil and product pipelines, which ship gasoline, diesel, kerosene and jet fuel to East Coast, Midwest, West Texas and the area. The refinery has two dock facilities (one in Port Arthur and the other in Port Neches, Texas approximately 10 miles from refinery) allowing for waterborne delivery of crude and products.
Daily capacities are:
- Crude: 275,000 BPD processed
- Gasoline: 130,000 BPD - regular and premium grades
- Jet-A aviation fuel: 42,000 BPD
- Low sulfur diesel: 52,000 BPD
- Fuel grade coke: 3,000 tons per day
Motiva's two dock facilities are located on the Sabine Lake/Intracoastal Waterway in Port Arthur and on the Neches River in Port Neches, Texas.
External Affairs Manager
Motiva Enterprises LLC
2555 Savannah Avenue
P.O. Box 712
Port Arthur, TX 77641
Gate Phone: (409) 989-7544
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