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Bloomberg: Shell Shuts MTBE Unit at Deer Park Refinery Until January

By Sophie Tan

Oct. 23 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest publicly traded oil company, shut a unit at its Deer Park, Texas, refinery, according to a filing with state regulators.

Shell said flaring, or burning of chemicals into the air, from the methyl tertiary butyl ether unit started on Oct. 22 and will be completed by Jan. 19, according to the report.

MTBE is a methanol based, high octane, low volatility, oxygenated fuel component made by combining alcohol with isobutylene from oil refineries.

Shell operates a refinery and petrochemical plant at Deer Park, about 20 miles east of Houston. The plant can process 340,000 barrels of oil a day.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sophie Tan in Singapore at [email protected] .

Last Updated: October 22, 2007 21:17 EDT

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