Irving says Canadian refinery undergoing upkeep

Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:02pm EDT
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CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Irving Oil Ltd said on Wednesday that its Saint John, New Brunswick, refinery, Canada's largest, was in its annual maintenance turnaround and that it expected to complete the work in the next few weeks.

"There are no production delays or issues with supply," spokeswoman Lesley Dickson said in an email. She did not detail which units are undergoing work or describe the impact on output at the 300,000-barrel-a-day plant.

Dickson said only that maintenance was being conducted at "select areas of the refinery".

Trade sources said on Tuesday that the gasoline-making fluid catalytic cracking unit would be shut for 30 days due to unplanned repair.

The refinery is a major source of fuel supply for the U.S. Northeast.

(Reporting by Jeffrey Jones; editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Andrew Hay)