14 December 2006 20:38 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS news)--An explosion and fire on Thursday morning at Imperial Oil's ?xml:namespace>
The blast occurred at the refinery's hydrocracker unit, the company said.
The refinery supplies feedstock to Imperial’s adjacent ethylene plant but Imperial said in a statement it was too early to assess impacts on supplies of products from the unit.
However, with the accident occurring in the hydrocracker - where hydrogen is used to crack heavy oil under high pressure - impacts on the petrochemicals operations were not likely, an analyst said.
“This will almost certainly not have any petrochemical impact,” said John Cummings, an independent Toronto-based petrochemicals analysts.
Imperial has shut down the 18,000 bbld/day hydrocracker, which produces components for gasoline, diesel fuel and lubricant base stock.
Apart form the hydrocracker, all major units at the 119,000 bbl/day refinery continued to operate, the Calgary-based company said.
Imperial operates another refinery in southern
Imperial Oil is majority-owned by ExxonMobil.
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