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Reuters: Shell reports California refinery problem

Tue Dec 26, 2006 4:20pm ET

HOUSTON, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Shell Oil Products US (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile , Research) reported its Wilmington, California, refinery suffered a sulphur recovery problem that forced the flaring of sulphur-dioxide gas, state records showed Tuesday.

The Los Angeles-area refinery on Monday “lost an SCC (sulphur recovery) unit. The gas compressor went down. They had to depressurize the unit,” a report on the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services said.

No one was hurt and no evacuations were required as a result of the incident, the report said. The company could not be reached for further explanation.

The incident involved flaring or burning off 500,000 lbs of sulphur-dioxide “vapor” and was contained and cleaned up by the company, the report said.

The Wilmington facility has a capacity of 98,500 barrels a day, according to state records.

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