Japan's Showa Shell to reduce crude refining by 17% in July-September

06 July 2012 12:48  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japanese refiner Showa Shell Sekiyu plans to reduce its July-September total crude oil refining output by 17% from the same period in 2011, the company said in a statement on Friday.

Showa Shell did not disclose specific refining volumes at its four refineries but said it expected domestic demand to be lower.

Domestic sales for the period would be down 7% at 6.94 kilolitres, it said.

Scheduled maintenance at the Yamaguchi refinery during July-September, will affect output as will the closure of the 185,000 bbl/day crude distillation unit (CDU) at the Keihin refinery, operated by its subsidiary Toa Oil, in September 2011, the company added.

The Yamaguchi refinery is run by Seibu Oil, Showa Shell Sekiyu’s subsidiary.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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