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Shell: Martinez, Calif. Refinery Unit Rate Cut to Reduce Emission

Dow Jones Newswires: Published November 26, 2012

Shell Oil Company said Monday that a release of hydrogen sulfide late Saturday night at its oil refinery in Martinez, Calif., necessitated reducing feed to an unspecified unit to diminish the emission.

A report to the Calif. Emergency Management Agency said a venting pressure relief valve had caused the release.

Shell notified all appropriate local and state agencies and monitored off-site locations for air quality impacts. No off-site impacts were detected, Shell spokeswoman Kimberly Windon said. The situation was declared all clear at 1:15 a.m. PST (0915 GMT), she added.

Citing competitive reasons, Ms. Windon said she couldn’t provide details on the operational status of the unit or information on supply.

Shell’s Martinez Refinery is able to process up to 165,000 barrels of crude oil a day. Shell Oil Company is the U.S.-based subsidiary of multi-national oil company Royal Dutch Shell (RDSB RDSA).

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