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Aramco-Shell Saudi refinery resumes exports

Reuters UK

Mon Feb 23, 2009 7:40am GMT

DUBAI, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Saudi Aramco and Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDSa.L) joint venture Jubail refinery restarted oil exports on Monday after bad weather interrupted the flow for four to five days, shipping sources said.

Exports across the Gulf had restarted on Monday after bad weather disrupted crude flows from Iran and Kuwait. Refined product exports from Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia were also interrupted.

The 305,000 barrels per day Jubail Sasref refinery restarted oil product exports at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT) on Monday, shippers said.

One oil product berth remained shut, a shipper said. The berth is outside the breakwater at Jubail port and is exposed to what were still high seas, he said.

But inbound traffic to the port has resumed, allowing tankers to load oil products at a second berth inside the breakwater at Jubail.

After four or five days of interrupted exports, ships were lined up outside the port to begin loading, shippers said.

One vessel was waiting to load jet fuel, while three more vessels were waiting to load chemicals, shippers said.

The refinery can export as much as 60,000 tonnes of oil products per day, mainly fuel oil, naphtha, gas oil and jet. (Reporting by Simon Webb; editing by Anthony Barker)

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