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Shell says Norco, Louisiana, refinery near normal


UPDATE 1-Shell says Norco, Louisiana, refinery near normal

Wed Sep 17, 2008 4:04pm EDT

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NEW YORK, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Shell Oil (RDSa.L: QuoteProfileResearchStock Buzz) said on Wednesday its 220,000 barrel per day joint-venture Motiva oil refinery in Norco, Louisiana, would reach normal rates by the end of the day.

The refinery is one of four plants co-owned by Shell on the Gulf Coast that were shut or at reduced rates in the aftermath of hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

The company added that its 235,000 bpd Motiva refinery in Convent, Louisiana, would begin making gasoline and other products by the weekend as it worked to restore operations from Gustav.

The company’s two Texas refineries shuttered by Hurricane Ike remain mostly down, with the 332,000 bpd joint-venture Deer Park oil refinery in Deer Park, Texas, expected to be at normal rates in 5-7 days.

Shell’s 290,000 bpd Motiva refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, was still undergoing minor repairs with restart being assessed, the company said in a press release.

Motiva is a joint venture between Shell and Saudi Aramco and Deer Park is a joint venture between Shell and Mexican state oil company PEMEX. (Reporting by Richard Valdmanis)


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