September 11, 2017 / 11:11 PM / 10 months ago

Shell Convent refinery to cut H-Oil Unit production for Oct work - sources

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) plans to cut production on the heavy oil hydrocracker in half at its 227,586 barrel per day (bpd) Convent, Louisiana, refinery for a month beginning in October, said sources familiar with plant operations.

FILE PHOTO - A logo for Shell is seen on a garage forecourt in central London, Britain, March 6, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall/File Photo

The 45,000 bpd hydrocracker, called the H-Oil Unit, will run on only one production train while a vacuum distillation unit (VDU) bypass is underway, the sources said.

The H-Oil Unit, unlike most hydrocrackers, processes residual crude oil from the VDU under high heat and pressure in the presence of hydrogen and a catalyst to make motor fuels, primarily diesel. Most hydrocracking units process gas oil.

Reporting by Erwin Seba; editing by Diane Craft

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