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Shell Eyes Mid-October For Norco Restart

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc has tentatively planned the first restart of a production unit at its 230,611 barrel per day (bpd) Norco, Louisiana, refinery for mid-October.

The refinery, located 21 miles (34 km) west of New Orleans, was shut on August 28 ahead of the landfall of Hurricane Ida. It was then flooded and damaged as the powerful storm passed over the plant.

Shell is working to restart the boiler at the refinery, which is necessary for internal power and to produce steam used in the production process, the sources said. The refinery began attempting to restart the boilers over the weekend.

The Norco refinery was one of nine in Louisiana shut by Hurricane Ida.

All have returned to production except for the Shell refinery and Phillips 66’s 255,600 bpd Alliance, Louisiana, refinery. Sources familiar with operations at the Alliance plant have said it requires months of repairs

“US refinery utilization jumped to 88 percent (of national capacity) from 82 percent as most Louisiana refineries resumed operations following Hurricane Ida,” said Matthew Blair, analyst for Tudor Pickering Holt & Co in a research note.

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