Largest U.S. Refinery Now Belongs To Saudi Arabia

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Largest U.S. Refinery Now Belongs To Saudi Arabia

Largest U.S. Refinery Now Belongs To Saudi Arabia by Charles Kennedy, OilPrice.com

Royal Dutch Shell and Saudi Aramco appear to be getting a divorce, breaking up their joint venture in U.S.-based refining assets.

The two companies joined together to create Motiva Enterprises LLC in 1998, a 50-50 joint venture that operated three refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. But Shell and Saudi Aramco have seen their interests head in different directions. “It is now time for the partners to pursue their independent downstream goals,” said Abdulrahman Al-Wuhaib, a senior vice president of Saudi Aramco’s downstream unit.

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Reuters reported that the relationship started to fray after Motiva announced a $10 billion expansion of the Port Arthur refinery, doubling its capacity to 603,000 barrels per day, making it America’s largest refinery. It produced gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. A leak shortly after the expansion was completed in 2012 led to ballooning costs, exacerbating tension between Shell and Aramco. A 2015 workers strike also sparked anger between the