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Reuters: Shell to shut FCC at L.A.-area refinery-sources

Fri Aug 25, 2006 1:31pm ET

HOUSTON, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Shell was preparing to shut the gasoline-producing fluidic catalytic cracking unit at its 99,000 barrel per day Los Angeles area refinery in Wilmington, California, on Friday for unplanned repairs, sources familiar with refinery operations said.

The refinery was reducing feed to the 36,000 bpd unit on Friday morning, the sources said.

Shell notified California public safety and environmental agencies of flaring from the refinery on Friday morning due to an equipment shutdown.

A refinery spokeswoman was not available to discuss refinery operations.

Wholesale gasoline traded 2.5 cents higher several times in the Los Angeles spot market on Friday because of rumored problems at the Shell L.A.-area refinery, traders said.

Shell is a U.S. subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile, Research).

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