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Shell adjusts output at German refineries due to low Rhine water levels

Shell adjusts output at German refineries due to low Rhine water levels
FILE PHOTO: A logo for Royal Dutch Shell is seen on a garage forecourt, March 6, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall/File Photo -
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LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell <RDSa.AS> said on Tuesday it had adjusted output at its Godorf and Wesseling refineries in Germany as extremely low water levels on the Rhine river were hampering barge traffic.

"Shell can confirm that as a result of extremely low water levels in the Rhine, barges are no longer able to enter the Wesseling Harbour. The Godorf Harbour is also experiencing traffic limitations due to low water levels," it said in a statement.

"We are utilising all supply routes available to us and have adjusted production levels. We will continue to closely monitor the situation."

Months of low water levels have cut off key demand centres in Germany and Switzerland from coastal refining and storage hubs in the Netherlands and Belgium, wreaking havoc in the region's oil market.

(Reporting by Ron Bousso and Ahmad Ghaddar; editing by David Evans)

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