FILE — Steam and fog rise from the Total refinery in Port Arthur, Texas on Dec. 21, 2020. The oil industry is slowly transitioning to a future dominated by cleaner energy. (Brandon Thibodeaux/The New York Times)BRANDON THIBODEAUX, STR / NYT Total Petrochemicals will begin a 22-day startup at its Port Arthur refinery after shutting down during last week’s winter storm, the company reported.
You are watching: Total petrochemicals & refining usa inc
Crews will be working to restart heavy and light refining units until March 16, according to documents submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
The emissions from startup are expected to include more than 43,000 pounds of compounds, including more than 1,400 pounds of mostly unclassified volatile organic compounds and 24,000 pounds of sulfur dioxide.
The Port Arthur plant has been shut down since at least Feb. 15 when the company reported to TCEQ that it had experienced a refinery-wide upset due to a loss of steam caused by the extreme cold. The event was expected last up to 14 hours.
The refinery reports its capacity as 185,000 barrels per day.
It was one of several facilities in Southeast Texas and across the state affected by the storm, which slowed fuel production and raised prices in some markets.
The Total and Motiva refineries are the only ones in Southeast Texas to officially report startup activities to the state’s environmental authority, although activities at other local refineries have been unofficially reported in Reuters and Bloomberg.
Mizuho Securities’ Robert Yawger reported Wednesday morning that crude oil production and refining impacts in Texas might to have been as bad as originally forecast, an American Petroleum Institute report on Tuesday said.
“There is no doubt that the storm that swept the country did kill demand for a large part of the reporting period, but Crude Oil production was not down 4 million (barrels per day), and the refinery run rate was not down 3 million (barrels per day) during the reporting period,” Yawger wrote in his analysis.
Return to Top