Shell’s Norco Refinery Fire Shuts Reformer

Friday, August 11, 2017 @ 02:08 PM gHale


Royal Dutch Shell Plc shut the catalytic reformer at its 225,800 barrel per day (bpd) Norco, Louisiana, refinery Saturday following a fire, sources familiar with plant operations said Monday.

As a result of the fire and shutdown, a company spokesperson said operations were stable.

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Shell spokesman Ray Fisher said Monday a unit was shut at the Norco Manufacturing Complex after a fire on Saturday but declined to identify the unit.

“There is no timetable for the restart of that unit,” Fisher said. “Operations are stable.”

The 40,000 bpd reformer is expected to require a week of repairs from damage due to the flange fire, the sources said in a Reuters report.

“For reasons of commercial confidentiality, we do not provide details about the operational status of individual units or information on supply,” the spokesperson said.

Located west of New Orleans, the Norco Manufacturing Complex is one of the largest petrochemical plants in the U.S., and includes a 250,000-barrel-a-day-capacity refinery.

Fisher said there were no injuries due to the fire.



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