Japan's Idemitsu Shuts Desulphurization Unit after Fire

Reuters, January 25, 2017

Japanese oil refiner Idemitsu Kosan Co said it conducted an emergency shutdown of a desulphurization unit at its 200,000 barrels per day (bpd) Chiba refinery after a fire near a heat exchanger. The crude distillation unit at the plant, east of Tokyo, is continuing to operate, with no impact on cargoes being sent from the facility's truck terminal or by sea, a company spokesman said. The fire at the 60,000 bpd No.3 light gas oil hydrodesulphurization unit occurred at around 4:40 a.m. on Wednesday (1940 GMT on Tuesday) and the local fire department confirmed that it was extinguished at 7:30 a.m., the company said in a statement. There were no injuries and there was no schedule for the restart of the unit as an investigation into the cause of the fire is underway. The company did not immediately say whether the operations of other secondary units had been affected by the fire.

(Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori; Editing by Joseph Radford)

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