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Bloomberg: BP California Refinery Plans 11 Days of Flaring (Update1)

By Samantha Zee

Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) — BP Plc, Europe’s second-largest oil company, plans to flare certain gases later this week and into next at its Carson, California, refinery, according to a state- run Web site.

The flaring will begin Oct. 4 and last until Oct. 15, according to the Web site of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Gases that will be released into the atmosphere include sulfur dioxide, the Web site said.

The flaring will occur as the company prepares to shut at least two units for maintenance this month, according to a person familiar with the plant’s operations who asked to not be identified. The repairs will last a few weeks and the refinery will shut a crude unit and a coker unit, the person said.

Valerie Corr, a BP spokeswoman, said in an interview that the company doesn’t disclose details about refinery operations.

The Carson refinery can process about 260,000 barrels of crude oil a day into products such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, according to U.S. government data.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc is the largest European oil company.

To contact the reporter on this story: Samantha Zee in Los Angeles at [email protected]

Last Updated: October 2, 2007 20:48 EDT

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