Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Lukoil to Shut Romanian Oil Refinery for Maintenance Next Month

OAO Lukoil, Russia’s second-biggest oil producer, plans to shut its Petrotel refinery in Ploiesti,Romania, for maintenance next month.

“We are having a planned shutdown for February,” Daniela Danulescu, a company spokeswoman, said today in an e-mailed statement. The halt will last as long as two weeks for “regular equipment inspections.”

The Petrotel-Lukoil plant can process 48,600 barrels of crude oil a day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Refiners have to periodically shut production for repairs and inspections to ensure efficient operations and to detect potential problems.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nidaa Bakhsh in London at nbakhsh@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephen Voss at sev@bloomberg.net

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