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Hemscott: Shell says efforts to restore Texas refinery ops begin

LONDON (Thomson Financial) – Royal Dutch Shell PLC said the process of restoring operations at the 285,000-barrel a day Port Arthur oil refinery in Texas has started.

The refinery is run by Houston-based Motiva Enterprises LLC, a joint venture between Shell and Saudi Aramco. It was shut last week after Hurricane Humberto struck the area, causing widespread power outages.

‘The Motiva Port Arthur Refinery has restored most of the power to the facility. Safety continues to be the number one priority as Motiva continues to work as quickly as possible to re-start production,’ Shell said in a statement.

‘We have begun the re-start sequence and are following our procedures step-by-step, re-energizing parts of the production units,’ it said.

Shell didn’t say when refinery operations will be fully restored.

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