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Reuters: Shell Canada oil sands units off line after fire

Tue Nov 20, 2007 2:20am ET

CALGARY, Alberta, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile , Research) oil sands upgrading plant near Edmonton, Alberta, caught fire late on Monday and the company said it was taking units off line after crews extinguished the blaze.

Shell and Alberta’s energy regulator said the fire ignited after a release of light hydrocarbons and hydrogen sulphide at the 155,000 barrel-a-day plant. The upgrader turns tar-like crude from the oil sands into refinery-ready light oil.

No injuries were reported. (Reporting by Jeffrey Jones; Editing by Quentin Bryar)

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