Graybar Solutions Secure Largest U.S. Refinery

Graybar Secure Largest US Refinery Case Study

Motiva Enterprises LLC, located primarily in the eastern and southern United States, operates three oil refineries that convert approximately 740,000 barrels of crude oil into usable gasoline daily for Shell-branded gasoline stations. In 2007, Motiva began a five-year expansion project to increase its capacity and minimize emissions. Motiva initially utilized Graybar to source voice and data network products throughout the refinery. Given the size and scope of the project and the number of contractors involved, Motiva also needed to secure the property with 24-hour surveillance. Graybar’s cost-effective security solution continues to monitor the 3,600 acre property today.

Graybar Works to Your Advantage

As one of the nation’s leading distributors of electrical and communications products, supply chain management and logistics services, Graybar connects its customers with a variety of solutions — including video surveillance, access control and fiber optic systems — and stocks them throughout its more than 260 locations in North America.

Graybar Beaumont Sales Representative Pete Richards worked with the installer and manufacturers of Motiva’s voice and data networks. As construction progressed, Richards stayed in close contact with a variety of bidders and procurement firms associated with the project, to ensure Graybar’s ability to provide a consistent product set and level of service. When the challenge of adding a security solution arose, Richards introduced Motiva to Pelco, which serves as a world leader in the design, development and manufacturing of video security systems. Pelco’s surveillance solution, the ExSite series of explosion-proof camera systems, are specifically designed to meet the rigorous requirements for hazardous locations, making it a great fit for Motiva.

The Result

Graybar leveraged its network of relationships with installers from Louisiana and Texas to arrange the installation of Motiva’s expansive surveillance and security system.

To ensure 24-hour video surveillance of the 3,600-acre property, Graybar procured eight Pelco ExSite cameras along with related fiber optic cabling. Although the facility is large in size, the solution enabled Motiva to save the time and money it would have spent employing a security staff to patrol the facility.

The refinery expansion project, which was completed in May 2012, allowed Motiva to boost production of its Port Arthur refinery to 600,000 barrels of crude oil a day, enabling the facility to become the largest of its kind in the United States and one of the top 10 largest refineries in the world.

"This was truly a community effort that involved so many people and businesses in southeast Texas," said Motiva CEO Bob Pease at the Port Arthur completion celebration.

"The tremendous talent and skill of the employees and contractors who worked on the expansion, day in and day out; the quality of products and services provided by local suppliers; the enthusiasm and support of public officials and local community – all of these contributions came together to make this project a success."


Graybar is one of the nation’s leading distributors of electrical and communications products that help cover security needs. With surveillance, intrusion detection, access control and fiber optic systems, Graybar stocks security solutions throughout its distribution network of more than 260 North American locations.

Graybar provides end-to-end solutions to help improve the client’s bottom line, including:

  • Innovative products from best-in-class manufacturers
  • Start-to-finish logistical management of materials and projects to promote efficiency
  • Efficient procurement support through eChannel solutions
  • Financing to help get the job done

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