Neste gasoline production hit by refinery fire

29 October 2008 14:25  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--A fire which broke out at Neste Oil's Porvoo refinery in Finland has affected gasoline production, the producer confirmed on Wednesday.

“The fire broke out in the alkylation unit at around 8am (06:00 GMT),” said spokesman Osmo Kammonen.

"We managed to put it out in 20 minutes, but unfortunately a contractor was hurt and had to be treated for burns."

The problem appeared to be with cabling in the unit, and although Neste could not commit to a timeframe for repairs to be completed, Kammonen said the issue would be resolved in three-to-four days.

“Gasoline production has been affected, although I can’t confirm to what extent, but gasoline deliveries will remain unaffected.”

This is the second fire in 2008 for the refinery, after a blaze broke affecting the new diesel line in April which led to a six week shut-down from mid-August for the heavy residue conversion unit.

The Porvoo refinery processes more than 200,000 bbl/day of crude oil.

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