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Bloomberg: Shell’s Deer Park, Texas, Refinery Plans Turnarounds (Update1)

By Samantha Zee

Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest oil company, said it plans maintenance turnarounds at its Deer Park, Texas, refinery between mid-January and early March.

There is “the possibility of higher than normal flaring the third week of January and third week of February,” because the turnarounds involve shutting down and restarting process units at the refinery, Shell said in a statement on its Web site today.

The company has “put procedures in place to minimize flaring at all times,” the statement said. Refinery spokesman Dave McKinney confirmed in an e-mail that the turnarounds will begin in mid-January.

The maintenance programs are expected to add to traffic congestion on the state highways and feeder roads close to the refinery, the company said in the statement.

The number of contract workers at Shell’s plant will peak at about 3,000 in late January and will decline as the maintenance projects are completed.

Deer Park has a maximum processing rate of 340,000 barrels of crude oil daily. The refinery is owned by Shell and Mexico’s state oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos.

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

Last Updated: January 3, 2008 19:09 EST 

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