Shell Oil Co. announced Friday its final investment decision to begin construction on a 325,000 barrel-per-day (b/d) capacity expansion project at its joint venture Motiva's refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. The expansion project will increase the refinery's crude oil throughput capacity to 600,000 b/d, making it the largest refinery in the U.S. and one of the largest in the world.
Shell is committed to meeting the global energy challenge by ensuring our global Downstream business maintains a world-class manufacturing capability," said Rob Routs, Executive Director Downstream Royal Dutch Shell plc. "Shell's investment in the Motiva Port Arthur Refinery expansion will lead to increased supplies of gasoline, diesel and aviation fuels in the U.S."
The 325,000 b/d expansion at Port Arthur is equivalent to building the first new refinery in the U.S. in more than 30 years. The new production capacity will increase Motiva's supply of Shell-branded fuels to the company's wholesale and direct supply markets.
Motiva's expansion will lower most types of emissions from refinery operations on a per barrel basis by utilizing advanced technology in all new system installations and replacing existing systems. The expansion of the refinery will decrease emissions from present day levels for ozone precursors, specifically nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds.
Shell is re-investing a significant part of its profits to meet both short and long-term needs. This includes new technology, new production and environmental and product quality improvements.