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Shell refinery can be dismantled, Quebec court rules


Thursday, September 16, 2010 | 7:58 PM ET

A Quebec Superior Court ruled in favour of Shell Canada on Thursday, allowing the company to go ahead with the dismantling of its oldest Canadian refinery in Montreal.

Shell had been complying with an interim injunction since July that has prevented it from carrying out its planned conversion of the Montreal East refinery into a distribution terminal.

The company has been under political pressure to make every effort to keep using the plant as a refinery, which would save the 800 existing jobs there, instead of converting it to a terminal, which would retain only about 30 jobs.

A last-ditch effort to sell the refinery to Delek US Holdings failed in August, as had previous efforts to find a buyer.

� The Canadian Press, 2010

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