TotalEnergies' Port Arthur Refinery Shuts Down Days After Restart

Reuters, February 7, 2024

TotalEnergies (TTEF.PA) 238,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Port Arthur, Texas refinery shut down on Wednesday, two days after restarting following a Jan. 16 plant-wide power outage, said people familiar with plant operations.

The shutdown came as the refinery struggled to maintain production on the 60,000-bpd coker and 35,000-bpd reformer after restarting on Monday, the sources said.

TotalEnergies spokesperson Marie Maitre declined to comment on operations.

Cokers convert residual crude oil into either motor fuel feedstocks or petroleum coke, which can be used as a coal substitute.

Reformers convert refining by-products into octane-boosting components used to make premium-grade gasoline.

(Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Chris Reese and David Gregorio)

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