UPDATE 1-Shell to close main Montreal units in September

* Main refinery units to shut in Sept.

* Crude deliveries to end in August

* Stockpiling supplies to ease transition
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CALGARY, Alberta, May 17 (BestGrowthStock) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc
(RDSa.L: ) expects to shut the major units at its 130,000 barrel
per day Montreal East refinery by September, as it follows
through on plans to convert the facility into a distribution

The company will close the refinery’s main processing units
— the alkylation unit and catalytic cracker — in September,
with other units following.

The plant is expected to stop taking crude deliveries prior
to the shutdown of the units, likely by the end of August, the
company said.

“It will be a staged shutdown,” said Larry Lalonde, a Shell
spokesman. “They’ll shut down over the course of September,
through October and November. Then from there they’ll be into
the full conversion.”

Shell, which has operated a refinery at the site for 76
years, put the Montreal East plant up for sale last year,
saying it did not fit into its long-term strategy. It opted in
January to close the facility after a seven-month search for a
buyer came up dry.

Shell does not expect the shutdown to affect its customers.
It has already begun to store product to see it over the
transition period.

“We’re in the process now of stocking up on supply,”
Lalonde said. “We’ll continue to supply the market through the
light oil terminal we have in Montreal.”

Shell will continue to operate its 75,000 bpd Corunna
refinery near Sarnia, Ontario, and its 100,000 bpd Scotford
refinery near Edmonton, Alberta.

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(Reporting by Scott Haggett; editing by Rob Wilson)

UPDATE 1-Shell to close main Montreal units in September