Fire at India’s Numaligarh Refinery Under Control

Reuters, May 29, 2023

A fire that broke out at the 60,000 barrel-per-day Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) in Assam state, India, on Monday has been brought under control, the refinery said.

"Fire in Vessel VV-4 of hydrocracker unit of Numaligarh refinery, which started around 7.20 p.m. this evening is under control. No injuries or casualties reported," the refinery said in a statement.

"Preliminary investigation on the cause of fire has started."

Numaligarh refinery was shut down for maintenance in the last week of March and has been restarting operations a unit at a time since May 15, an NRL spokesperson said.

The affected hydrocracker was undergoing post-startup stabilisation when part of it caught fire, the person added.

Numaligarh refinery is a subsidiary of Oil India Ltd.

(Reporting by Ashitha Shivaprasad and Nidhi Verma; Editing by Susan Fenton and Mark Potter)

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