Crude Distillation Unit Explodes at Ghana Refinery

News Ghana, January 27, 2017

A furnace in a Crude Distillation Unit (CDU) at Ghana's 45,000 bpd Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) exploded yesterday, forcing the refinery to carry out an emergency shutdown to avert an outbreak of fire. The furnace exploded as a result of excessive pressure, coupled with heat, causing the structure to give way to release its content. The explosion reportedly occurred in the process of restarting the plant, thus necessitating the emergency shutdown and suspension of production to allow for investigations. No casualties were reported in the incident.

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