One turnaround down, two to go for the U.S. base oil market. ChevronTexacos 15,000-barrel-per-day refinery in Richmond, Calif., began starting up yesterday and was expected to resume full operations by the end of this week. The company said it completed the month-long maintenance shutdown on schedule and without any glitches.
Now base oil purchasers are crossing their fingers, hoping that things go just as smoothly for Motiva and ExxonMobil. Market observers said one of two base oil trains at Motivas 22,000-b/d Port Arthur, Texas, plant is being shut down as part of a maintenance event affecting multiple units at the refinery complex. Motiva has not disclosed how long the base oil train will be down.