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Shell Norco chemical plant malfunction triggers flaring

HOUSTON, Dec 18 2016 (Reuters) – A malfunction on Saturday triggered flaring at Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Norco, Louisiana, chemical plant, said a Shell spokesman.

Shell’s Ray Fisher on Sunday declined to say which unit sustained the malfunction.

A source familiar with plant operations said the malfunction was in an olefins unit at the chemical plant.

The Shell chemical plant in Norco shares the safety flare system with the adjoining Motiva Enterprises refinery. Flaring from the chemical plant is sometimes thought to come from the refinery.

Motiva is a 50-50 joint venture between Shell and Saudi Aramco. The two partners have agreed to split up Motiva in 2017. The Norco refinery is scheduled to be solely owned by Shell after the split.

(Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2016.

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