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Reuters: Shell plans Pernis work in April, September-source

Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:55am EST 

AMSTERDAM, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell has planned turnarounds for its 412,000 barrels-per-day Dutch Pernis refinery around April-May and in September 2008, an industry source said on Tuesday.

The source said the refinery, Europe’s biggest, planned to shut one unit in the spring and one unit in September, with both turnarounds expected to last between four to six weeks. He said it was not yet clear which units would close.

“For next year there are some bigger operations going down than normally but, on the other hand, every year they have a large programme for turnarounds,” the source told Reuters.

Shell was not immediately available for comment.

The oil major has said it plans to shift the focus of Pernis towards wider exports and away from traditional markets, and that it is considering investing 1 billion euros ($1.44 billion) in the refinery over the next five to seven years.

(Reporting by Catherine Hornby, editing by Anthony Barker)

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