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Murphy Oil is making plans to shut down in late April. No, the company isn't making plans to launch a multi-billion-dollar expansion. There aren't even any major projects on the horizon, according to refinery manager Dave Podratz. The company is ...

Murphy Oil is making plans to shut down in late April.

No, the company isn't making plans to launch a multi-billion-dollar expansion.

There aren't even any major projects on the horizon, according to refinery manager Dave Podratz. The company is planning to shut down for about a month to tackle routine maintenance at the Superior refinery.

"It's nothing major, nothing that's earth-shattering," Podratz said. "It's just the routine kind of stuff that we typically do, and maybe a little bit more this year because we got the refinery shut down for a month to catch up on main-tenance." The last time the company shut down the refinery for maintenance was in 2003, he said.

It's one of two projects in the United States announced by Claiborne Deming, president and chief executive officer of the El Dorado, Arkansas-based company, during an earnings conference call Thursday.

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The company also plans to replace tanks damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 at its 120,000-barrel-per-day refinery in Meraux, La.

"Our focus remains reliability and performance at Superior and Meraux, and maintenance is planned at both facilities," Deming said.

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