September 12, 2017 / 3:13 AM / 8 days ago

Shell restarting Deer Park, Texas, JV refinery: sources

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view of the Shell Deer Park Manufacturing Complex is seen in Deer Park, Texas, U.S. August 31, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell Plc began restarting its 325,700 barrel per day (bpd) joint-venture Deer Park, Texas, refinery on Monday night, said sources familiar with plant operations.

Shell was restarting the 270,000 bpd DU-2 crude distillation unit (CDU) on Monday night, the sources said. DU-2 is the larger of two CDUs at the refinery. Shell shut the Deer Park refinery on Aug. 27 because of heavy rains from Tropical Storm Harvey.

A Shell spokesman did not immediately reply to a request for comment on Monday night. The company had said on Friday restart activities were beginning at the refinery.

Shell began preparing DU-2 for restart on Sept. 4, the same sources had told Reuters earlier last week.

CDUs do the initial refining of crude oil coming into a refinery and supply hydrocarbon feedstock to other production units.

Deer Park is a 50-50 joint venture between Shell and Petroleos Mexicanos [PEMX.UL], or Pemex, Mexico’s national oil company.

Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath and Tom Hogue

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