JAPAN DISASTER: JX Energy restarts Negishi refinery

21 March 2011 09:42  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s JX Nippon Oil & Energy has restarted its 270,000 bbl/day Negishi refinery, a company source said on Monday.

Crude distillation units at the Negishi refinery in Kanagawa prefecture just south of Tokyo were restarted on Monday, the source said.

Secondary units at the refinery should be restarted at later dates, with some coming back online in the coming days, the source added, declining to identify the secondary units.

The Negishi refinery was shut down on 11 March following the devastating earthquake and tsunami, which hit the northeast of Japan.

Only three refineries out of the original six that were shut down in the aftermath of the quake remain off line.

These are: JX Energy’s 145,000 bbl/day Sendai refinery located in Miyagi prefecture, its 252,500 bbl/day Kashima refinery in Ibaraki prefecture and Cosmo Oil’s 220,000 bbl/day Chiba facility.

No restart dates for the refineries have been released as all three have been damaged and port facilities remain closed at the Sendai and Kashima refineries.

Meanwhile, a fire at the Cosmo Chiba refinery has been extinguished, a company official confirmed on Monday.

The fire at the Chiba refinery started following an explosion of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanks at the refinery after the earthquake struck Japan.

A total of six refineries with a total capacity of 1.4m bbl/day - around 30% of Japan’s total capacity - were shut down following the earthquake, according to data from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

TonenGeneral Sekiyu restarted its 335,000 bbl/day Kawasaki refinery on 17 March, with full production achieved by 20 March.

Meanwhile, Kyokuto Petroleum Industries (KPI) restarted its 175,000 bbl/day refinery at Chiba on 16 March and achieved full production on 21 March, ExxonMobil said in a statement.

ExxonMobil is a major shareholder in TonenGeneral and Kyokuto Petroleum Industries (KPI).

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By: James Dennis
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