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Shell restarts part of Europe's largest oil refinery

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Staff Writer | August 10, 2017
Shell Pernis refinery
Oil production   After a 10-day outage

Royal Dutch Shell said it was restarting a number of units at Europe's largest oil refinery in the Netherlands following a 10-day outage.

The phased restart of the 404,000 barrel per day Pernis refinery is expected to weigh on refining margins in the region which rose sharply in the wake of the outage, caused by a fire at a power unit and a subsequent hydrogen fluoride leak.

Shell is currently restarting a number of units at the refinery near Rotterdam, a company spokesman said. Restarting a refinery of this size, which includes dozens of units, can be a complicated process and units often trip in the process.

The restart process comes slightly ahead of Shell's initial expectations of two weeks.

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