Explosion hits Imperial Oil’s Sarnia refinery

14 December 2006 13:17  [Source: ICIS news]

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TORONTO (ICIS news)--A massive explosion and fire tore through Imperial Oil’s refinery at the Ontario petrochemicals hub in Sarnia on Thursday morning.


A Sarnia fire department official confirmed there was an explosion at the refinery. He said there were so far no reports of injuries. He could not immediately provide additional details.


The fire was said to be under control and no injuries were reported. The cause of the accident remained unknown.


Imperial’s Sarnia refinery supplies feedstock to the company's adjacent ethylene plant.


Officials at Calgary-based Imperial were not immediately available for comment.


The company is majority-owned by ExxonMobil.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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