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Saudi Aramco Shell’s Jubail Refinery Starts Unit, Awsat Says

August 16, 2012

Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Co., also known as Sasref, started a gasoil hydrotreating unit at its refinery in Jubail after a glitch, Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reported, citing Chief Executive Officer Abdullah al-Baiz.

The unit halted earlier this month, the London-based pan- Arab daily reported on its website yesterday, without saying when it was shut. Hydrotreaters remove sulfur and other impurities from fuels to improve their quality and meet tougher environmental standards.

Sasref, a 50-50 joint venture between Saudi Arabian Oil Co. and Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), has a capacity to process 305,000 barrels a day of crude, according to the company.

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