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Tue 13 Jan 2009 02:38 PM

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Saudi Aramco to shut Riyadh oil plant for month

120,000 bpd Riyadh-based refinery is due for maintenance in Feb-Mar - official.

State oil firm Saudi Aramco will shut its 120,000 barrels per day (bpd) Riyadh oil refinery for one month of scheduled maintenance in February and March, an Aramco official said on Tuesday.

The Riyadh plant would be fully shut down, Aramco engineer Nabeel Ali Akbar al-Sayed told Reuters on the sidelines of an energy conference in Abu Dhabi. Sayed is the superintendent of the maintenance division at another Aramco refinery at Jeddah.

He was unable to give the start date for the shutdown, but said it take place during February and March.

The 100,000 bpd Jeddah refinery was next scheduled for a full shutdown in 2013, Sayed added. Each refinery is shut every five years, and Jeddah underwent work in the second quarter of 2008, he said. (Reuters)

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