Port Arthur, Texas - February 11, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Motiva extended its thanks to Port Arthur and surrounding communities for their continued support of its Port Arthur Refinery expansion project yesterday with a "topping-off" ceremony. Motiva employees, community members, local businesses and government officials gathered at the refinery to see progress being made on the expansion. Motiva leadership thanked the community for its support and local business owners discussed the project's impact on their operations.

Upon completion, Motiva Port Arthur will be one of the largest refineries in the world - with total crude throughput capacity at about 600,000 barrels per day. The expansion project continues to boost the local and regional economies and is expected to continue employing a significant contract workforce as construction continues.

The "topping-off" designation refers to the point in a construction project where the tallest structure has been set. At Port Arthur, the tallest structure is the DCU2 coker unit, which stands at 375 ft, the approximate height of a 32-story building. It will process pitch from the crude unit into gasoline and diesel-range products as well as petroleum coke, making the refinery the largest petroleum coke producer in the U.S.

Quick Facts:

  • The expansion project is expected to generate more than 6,500 construction jobs over the course of the project and up to 300 permanent jobs.
  • The completed refinery will be capable of refining 6 million gallons of gasoline (enough to fill up 400,000 cars every day), more than 3.4 million gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel and 1.3 million gallons of jet fuel on a daily basis.The expansion project will install more than 725 pumps, 19 compressors, 500 exchangers, four gas turbines, 600 miles of pipe, 1,000 miles of cable, and poured 285,000 cubic yards of concrete from more than 40,000 truck loads.

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Motiva Enterprises LLC is a refining and marketing joint venture owned by affiliates of Shell and Saudi Aramco.