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Shell plans to retain Norco refinery

Royal Dutch Shell will have just one operating crude oil refinery in the US, it’s 227.4bpd Norco refinery in Louisiana by the end of 2021.

The refinery is being retained due to its role supplying the company’s chemical plants. In addition to producing gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, the plant produces ethylene and propylene that are utilised by the adjoining Shell Norco chemical plant and nearby Shell Geismar plant.

Shell’s the sales of its Anacortes refinery in Washington, Deer Park refinery in Texas and Mobile chemical refinery in Alabama are to close in 4Q21.