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HOUSTON Jan 15 ConocoPhillips (COP.N) began a
plantwide overhaul during the past weekend of its 247,000
barrel per day (bpd) Alliance, Louisiana, refinery according to
sources familiar with refinery operations on Thursday.
The refinery 23 miles (37 km) south of New Orleans, began
the overhaul with the shutdown a catalytic reformer and a
delayed coking unit, according to the sources. Other units will
be shut on a staggered basis.
The Alliance refinery is scheduled to return to full
production by mid-March, according to the sources.
A Conoco spokesman said maintenance was underway at the
"The ConocoPhillips Alliance refinery has begun a period of
planned maintenance, which is expected to take several weeks to
complete," said spokesman Bill Tanner in a statement.
Tanner declined to discuss the maintenance work in detail.
Conoco has made preparations to ship out oil delivered to
the refinery once its storage tanks become full while units are
shut for the overhaul, according to the sources.
(Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Marguerita Choy)