Kuwait Petroleum Says Rotterdam Refinery Shut for Planned Maintenance Work

Kuwait Petroleum Corp. has shut its Europoort refinery in Rotterdam for maintenance, potentially limiting supplies of oil products at a time of declining stockpiles.

“I can confirm that planned maintenance activities are under way,” Ian McConnell, the refinery’s manager, said today in an e-mailed statement, declining to say when the work began and how long it was scheduled to last.

Industrial Info Resources Inc. reported on Sept. 21 that the planned repairs, which began on Sept. 15, were scheduled to finish at the end of October.

The refinery can process about 80,000 barrels of crude a day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Stockpiles of gasoil, a category of fuel that includes heating oil and diesel, in independent storage in Amsterdam- Rotterdam-Antwerp declined 2.5 percent to 2.47 million metric tons in the week to Sept. 23, according to PJK International BV, a consultant based in the Netherlands. That’s the lowest level since July 29.

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