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Reuters: UPDATE 1-Shell Australia plans 8-week refinery work in Feb

Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:15am EST
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SYDNEY, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile, Research) will partially shut down its 125,000 barrels per day (bpd) Geelong refinery in Australia for scheduled maintenance work from Feb. 1 for about eight weeks, two industry sources said on Friday.

“There are no production problems. It’s just some regular maintenance and they are going to have a partial shutdown,” said an industry source who declined to be identified.

The source said the turnaround was expected to last about eight weeks but he could not provide details on which units would close.

An official from the refinery confirmed the planned turnaround but did not provide more details.

Shell could not be immediately reached for comments. The company rarely comments on its maintenance schedules.

The Geelong refinery, located in the southeastern state of Victoria, buys about 90 percent of its crude and other feedstock from Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and New Zealand. (Reporting by Fayen Wong)

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