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Conoco and Exxon: PDVSA-supplied Refineries Normal
January 16, 2009

ConocoPhillips and Exxon Mobil Corp said on Friday their refineries supplied by Venezuelan crude were operating normally after Venezuela announced it had halted oil shipments to them.

Conoco's 247,000 barrel per day refinery in Sweeny, Texas, and Exxon's joint venture refinery with PDVSA in Chalmette, Louisiana, with a capacity of about 200,000 barrel per day, are both supplied with Venezuelan crude.

"As a matter of practice Chalmette Refining LLC does not discuss its day-to-day operations or supply arrangements. It expects to be able to meet its contractual commitments," said Margaret Ross, a spokeswoman for Exxon.

Ross said that questions about possible legal action against Venezuela were speculative and, as a matter of practice, the company does not speculate.

Conoco spokesman Bill Tanner said the company did not expect to change its business plan as a result of Venezuela's decision.

"We have the ability to draw on a number of internal and external sources to supply our refinery," Tanner said.

He added that due to the company's current arbitration against Venezuela to seek compensation for the expropriation of Conoco's Venezuelan oil assets, the company cannot comment on specific questions about how it will respond to Venezuela's latest announcement.

Source: AFX News Limited

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