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Bloomberg: Shell’s Deer Park Texas Refinery Closes Chemical-Making Unit

By Christian Schmollinger

Feb. 19 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest oil company, closed part of a chemical-making unit at its Deer Park, Texas, refinery yesterday for planned maintenance.

The heat exchanger at Olefins Unit-2 will be shut until March 19, the company said in a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Olefins, including ethylene and propylene, are basic raw materials to make plastics used in the production of grocery bags, flat panel television and synthetic fibers.

The Deer Park refinery can process 340,000 barrels of oil a day, according to U.S. Energy Department and company data.

To contact the reporter on this story: Christian Schmollinger in Singapore at [email protected]

Last Updated: February 18, 2008 22:23 EST

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