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Qatar GTL plant to shut for maintenance

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Royal Dutch Shell has announced major maintenance plans for its Pearl GTL plant, Qatar. During March 2016 the company will shut down the gas to liquids plant for maintenance, which will halt output from Train 2.

Rob Sherwin, Deputy Country Chairman for Shell, told Reuters: “Pearl GTL is two identical, parallel trains, we had Train 1 down for maintenance earlier this year. That will happen again in 2016 for Train 2, it will be the same timing, it will be March-time […] The whole train will come down. We'll be down to one train producing for the duration of the turnaround. This year's maintenance took somewhere between one and two months, so it’s a decent chunk of time."

Together, the two trains have a total capacity of 140 000 bpd.

Sources: Reuters, Trade Arabia

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