November 20, 2018 / 12:29 PM / 23 days ago

Shell adjusts German refineries' output because of low Rhine level

FILE PHOTO: A logo for Royal Dutch Shell is seen on a garage forecourt, March 6, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.AS) recently adjusted output at its Godorf and Wesseling oil refineries in Germany because extremely low water levels on the Rhine were hampering barge traffic, it said on Tuesday.

Months of low water levels WL-KAUB have cut off key demand centres in Germany and Switzerland from coastal refining and storage hubs in the Netherlands and Belgium, wreaking havoc in the region’s oil market.

The Rhine’s low levels mean barges are unable to enter Wesseling harbour while Godorf harbour is also experiencing traffic limitations, a Shell spokeswoman said.

“We are utilising all supply routes available to us and have adjusted production levels. We will continue to closely monitor the situation, she said.”

The spokeswoman later added that the production adjustments were made a few weeks ago.

Reporting by Ron Bousso and Ahmad Ghaddar; Editing by David Goodman

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