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Reuters: UPDATE 1-Shell Deer Park plant to slow for one-mth turnaround

Thu Jan 4, 2007 11:56am ET

HOUSTON, Jan 4 (Reuters) – A big maintenance turnaround will reduce operations at Deer Park Refining Co. in Texas for a month, starting next week, Shell Oil Co. (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile , Research) said Thursday.

Plans are to shut down a 270,000-barrel-a-day distiller, a 67,000-barrel selective hydrocracker and an 85,000-barrel delayed coker, Shell said, confirming trade reports.

The work involving 19 process units is to begin Wednesday and continue into mid-February, Shell said. Replacement of four coker drums and regular upkeep are planned.

The 360,000-barrel-a-day plant, a partnership of Shell and Mexico’s state oil company, Pemex, will keep a 70,000-barrel distiller and downstream units running, Shell said.

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