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Shell Signs Agreement for Sale of U.K. Refinery to Essar

2:37 PM MDT | March 29, 2011 | Ian Young

Shell says it has signed a sales and purchase agreement for the previously announced $1.3-billion divestment of the company's Stanlow, U.K. refinery to Essar Oil U.K., a subsidiary of Essar Energy (Mumbai). The companies signed an exclusivity agreement in February for the transaction. Shell expects to complete the deal in the second half of 2011. The Stanlow refinery has a capacity of 270,000 bbl/day, 15% of total U.K. refining output. Shell put the Stanlow refinery up for sale in 2009 as part of a broader plan to cut capacity due to a decline in refining...

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