Port Arthur Motiva Refinery

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Summary Information

  • Ownership: Motiva (Shell/Saudi Aramco)
  • Website: http://www.motivaenterprises.com/
  • Location: Port Arthur, Texas
  • Capacity: 30.0 million tons/annum & 600.000 bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity:

Brief Description

  • Motiva Port Arthur now ranks as the country’s largest refinery

Refining Units

  • The major refining process units include crude atmospheric and vacuum stilling, hydrotreating, catalytic reforming, delayed coking, fluid catalytic cracking, hydrocracking, lube solvent refining, and lube hydroprocessing, lube hydro-isomerization, lube propane deasphalting, and lube catalytic dewaxing.

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

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Products Produced

  • Major refined products are gasoline, distillates, jet fuel, lubricant base oils, and chemicals/solvents.

Ongoing Projects

Other Information

  • More than 95 percent of the refinery's gasoline and middle distillate products are delivered to market via three major product pipelines: Colonial, Explorer, and Magtex. Port Arthur Refinery has two separate docks: Port Neches Terminal is primarily a crude oil dock, while Port Arthur Terminal is primarily a finished product terminal. Approximately 700 vessels are handled at the two terminals yearly.


  • 1903 Port Arthur Refinery begins operation as Texaco’s first refinery
  • 1906 Port Neches Asphalt refinery was returned to asphalt production
  • 1909 Grease and lube oil processing was added as well as a canning plant
  • 1920’s HMVS batteries constructed for gasoline and higher yields
  • 1930’s Packaging and shipping facilities were expanded
  • 1940’s and 1950’s Expansion of gasoline and lube processing facilities
  • 1960’s Crude and cracking capacity expanded
  • 1970’s Crude capacity increased
  • 1980’s Crude capacity reached over 400 MBPD
  • mid-1980’s Refinery was streamlined and crude running reduced dramatically
  • 1989 Star Enterprise was formed between TRMI and SRI
  • 1990’s Numerous environmental programs were put into affect
  • 1998 Motiva Enterprises was formed by Texaco, Shell, and SRI and a new state-of-the-art lube processing unit was brought on-stream
  • 2002 Motiva Enterprises became equally owned by Shell and SRI
  • 2003 - New low sulfur gasoline unit was started
  • 2012 - The expanded refinery is commissioned, increasing capacity from 285,000 to 600,000 bpd

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