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Reuters: Shell says flows to UK via Bacton terminal to rise

Tue Mar 4, 2008 6:52am EST

LONDON, March 4 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile, Research) expects to gradually increase UK gas imports through its terminal at Bacton towards normal levels after a fire closed it last Thursday, although flow rates may dip at times, a spokesman for the company said on Tuesday.

The terminal was reopened on Monday afternoon after last week’s fire in a waste treatment unit and flow rates reached around 23 million cubic metres a day early on Tuesday before plunging to little more than 5 mcm/day.

The Shell spokesman denied there was any problem with the terminal which had caused the drop back in flows and that the plan was still to return to normal flow rates of around 30 mcm/day seen before the fire.

“It will gradually be built up to normal throughput levels, according to operational circumstances,” the spokesman said.

Investigations into the extent of the damage caused by the fire in the waste water treatment unit are ongoing. (Reporting by Daniel Fineren)

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