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Shell reports unit upset, no fire, at Motiva plant

HOUSTON | Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:21pm GMT

HOUSTON Dec 21 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) said on Tuesday that there was no fire at its joint-venture Motiva Enterprises LLC 235,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) refinery in Convent, Louisiana, on Monday.

A Shell spokesman said a unit that helps production of transportation fuels “experienced an upset resulting in a flare, loud noises and odors. The situation was quickly brought under control and the refinery is running normally.”

A report filed late Monday with the U.S. National Response Center had said a caller reported that the refinery was on fire. It was followed by another report that said there was flaring due to a process upset.

(Reporting by Kristen Hays)

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