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Shell Scotford Refinery to Shut for Maintenance in Fall

July 30 (Bloomberg) -- Royal Dutch Shell Plc plans to shut the Scotford oil refinery in Alberta for planned maintenance in the fall.

The 97,870-barrel-a-day refinery located near Edmonton will idle the entire plant, including its crude distillation units, in September for about the entire month, according to a person familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.

The plant produces gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and propane from synthetic light crude, according to the company’s website. It’s part of Shell’s Scotford Complex in Fort Saskatchewan, which also includes a 255,000-barrel-a-day upgrader that makes synthetic crude from oil-sands bitumen.

David Williams, a spokesman for Shell, said in an e-mail that he couldn’t provide any further detail on the timing or schedule for individual unit shutdowns. The company has plans to supply customers with refined products during the work, he said.

Syncrude synthetic light crude strengthened by 85 cents to a premium of $1.10 a barrel over U.S. West Texas Intermediate today, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

To contact the reporter on this story: Edward Welsch in Calgary at ewelsch1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Bill Banker at bbanker@bloomberg.net

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