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Shell Convent refinery FCCU down for two weeks

August 16/2018

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Royal Dutch Shell Plcs 45,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) heavy oil hydrocracker at its Convent, Louisiana, refinery remained shut following a Sunday fire, reported Reuters with reference to sources familiar with plant operations.

Also, the refinerys 92,000-bpd gasoline-producing fluidic catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) may be shut up to two weeks for repairs to a malfunctioning compressor, the sources said.

Shell spokesman Ray Fisher declined to comment on operations at the 209,787-bpd Convent refinery.

On Sunday, Fisher said there were no injuries or offsite impact from the early morning fire at the heavy oil hydrocracker, called the H-Oil Unit.

Shell attempted to restart the H-Oil Unit late on Sunday, the sources said.

The FCCU was completely shut for a planned overhaul from May 30 until Thursday, when workers were attempting to get products from the unit back into specification. A compressor on the unit began malfunctioning with excessive vibration, the sources said.

The H-Oil Unit is an atypical hydrocracker because it converts residual crude oil into motor fuels, especially diesel. Residual crude is normally processed by coking units.

Hydrocrackers use hydrogen and a catalyst under high heat and pressure to produce motor fuels, usually starting with gas oil as a feedstock.

FCCUs use a catalyst under high heat and pressure to convert gas oil into gasoline.

The planned overhaul on the FCCU is intended to keep the unit in operation for another five years. Until last year, Shell had planned to shutter the FCCU to reduce redundant operations at the companys two refineries in Louisiana, which are to be linked by pipelines.

As MRC informed before, in March 2018, Shell EP Middle East Holdings B.V. completed the sale of the entire share capital of Shell Iraq B.V (SIBV), which held its 19.6% stake in the West Qurna 1 oil field, for USD406 million, to a subsidiary of ITOCHU Corporation.

Royal Dutch Shell plc is incorporated in England and Wales, has its headquarters in The Hague and is listed on the London, Amsterdam, and New York stock exchanges. Shell companies have operations in more than 70 countries and territories with businesses including oil and gas exploration and production; production and marketing of liquefied natural gas and gas to liquids; manufacturing, marketing and shipping of oil products and chemicals and renewable energy projects.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:crude and gaz condensate, Itochu, Shell, Iraq, USA.
Category:General News
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