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Shell's Convent gasoline unit expected online next week - sources

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HOUSTON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc <RDSa.AS> expects to return the gasoline-producing unit at its 209,787-barrel-per-day Convent, Louisiana, refinery to production early next week, two sources familiar with plant operations said on Friday.

Shell spokesman Ray Fisher said operations at the Convent refinery were stable.

The 92,000-bpd gasoline-producing Fluidic Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU) was shut eight days ago when a compressor developed excessive vibration, the sources said.

The FCCU was just coming back into production after being shut for a planned overhaul from May 30 until Aug. 9.

The FCCU uses catalyst under high heat and pressure to convert gas oil to gasoline.

(Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Tom Brown and Rosalba O’Brien)

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