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Bloomberg: Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery to Close Some Units for Repair Work

By Abdulla Fardan

March 5 (Bloomberg) — Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Co., in Jubail, Saudi Arabia will start a maintenance program for some of its units from tomorrow, the state-run Saudi Press Agency said.

The 305,000-barrels-a-day joint venture known as Sasref will close the second crude distillation complex along with associated secondary plants, including a visbreaker, a hydrocraker and thermal cracking units, the agency said, citing Mohamed al-Omair, the company president. The refinery has two crude distillation units, according to its Web site.

The report didn’t say how much of Sasref’s capacity would be shut-off during the shutdown period, which will last until the end of the month.

Refinery officials declined to comment when contacted by Bloomberg today.
To contact the reporter on this story: Abdulla Fardan in Bahrain at

Last Updated: March 5, 2007 06:22 EST

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