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Reuters: Shell Deer Park refinery shuts unit for work-state

Mon Sep 4, 2006 5:44pm ET

HOUSTON, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Shell Oil Co.’s joint-venture 334,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Deer Park, Texas, shut a catalytic reformer early on Monday for a weeklong overhaul, according to notice filed with the state pollution-regulation agency.

Deer Park Refining L.P., which is a 50-50 joint venture between Shell and Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), Mexico’s national oil company, began shutting the reformer on Sunday evening, according to the notice filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

The unit, which creates a high-octane motor fuel using hydrogen, was shut early on Monday morning and restart is scheduled to begin on Friday, according to the filing.

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

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