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Shell Australia refinery outage to last into 2009


Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:15pm EST

SYDNEY, Dec 31 (Reuters) – A temporary shut down of Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s (RDSa.L) Australia Clyde refinery will extend into 2009 due to ongoing maintenance work, a company spokesman said on Wednesday.

The refinery in Sydney, with a capacity of 85,000 barrels per day, was idled at the end of November for the work, which was expected at the time to take about a month. The work was aimed at rectifying problems that led to unplanned outages at the 82-year-old plant throughout the year.

Shell has been importing fuels to meet customers’ orders since the refinery was halted.

“We will continue to import product in January as the Clyde refinery has not as yet returned to operation,” the spokesman, Paul Zennaro, said.

The decision to reactivate the refinery would only come when the company was assured operations could run smoothly, he said, adding a restart date was not yet determined. (Reporting by James Regan)


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