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Reuters: Shell starts maintenance at Deer Park refinery-filing

Thu Jan 17, 2008 1:41am EST 

SINGAPORE, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile, Research) has shut down several key processing units at its 333,000 barrel per day, joint-venture refinery in Deer Park, Texas for scheduled maintenance, the company said in a filing on Thursday.

The fluid catalytic cracker, cat cracked gasoline hydrotreater, alkylation unit, girbotol unit, and sulfur recovery units 3, 4 and 5 have been shut down and were expected to resume operations on Feb. 4, Shell said in a filing with the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality.

Shell told Reuters earlier this month it expected the refinery to operate at reduced rates during the turnaround but did not foresee problems in supplying customers because of the long lead time in planning for the work.

The refinery is jointly-owned by Anglo-Dutch Shell and Petroleos de Mexicanos, Mexico’s state oil company.

(Reporting by Maryelle Demongeot; Editing by Valerie Lee)

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