Fire at Equinor's Mongstad Refinery Extinguished

Reuters, February 15, 2024

Equinor (EQNR.OL) on Thursday said the fire that shut its Mongstad oil refinery in western Norway had been extinguished.

Equinor said in a statement that the fire, in an electrical kiosk at the refinery, had been extinguished and that emergency personnel were sent for routine medical follow-up.

Equinor shut down production as a preventive measure earlier on Thursday and evacuated non-essential personnel from the site.

"It is too early to say anything about the cause of the incident," the company said in a statement.

There was significant smoke coming from the fire but no need to evacuate homes located in the vicinity, police said.

The wider Mongstad area contains refinery operations and a terminal for crude oil exports as well as other facilities.

(Reporting by Louise Breusch Rasmussen Gwladys Fouche and Johan Ahlander; Editing by Terje Solsvik)

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