JAPAN DISASTER: ExxonMobil reopens Shiogama terminal

23 March 2011 17:31  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--ExxonMobil has reopened its Shiogama terminal to allow the delivery of more fuel supplies into the Tohoku area of northeastern Japan which was affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami, the company said on Wednesday.

ExxonMobil has now restored all four of its Japan Group refineries to full operation, it said. 

The Shiogama terminal received its first marine shipment of 1m litres of gasoline and 1m litres of kerosene from the TonenGeneral Kawaski refinery on Tuesday.

TonenGeneral’s Kawasaki refinery cogeneration unit is maximising its generation to provide power to the electricity grid, which is under-supplied following the earthquake, ExxonMobil said.

Around 33MW of power is currently being transmitted to the grid, which is enough electricity for around 10,000 Japanese households.

TonenGeneral had suspended operations of major units at its Kawasaki refinery in Kanagawa prefecture on 11 March, several hours after the 9.0-magnitude quake hit northeastern Japan.

The TonenGeneral refinery in Wakayama has begun filling and shipping 1,000 drums of diesel and kerosene to be used by emergency vehicles, shelters and hospitals in stricken areas.

Fuel is normally supplied in tank trucks or rail cars, but the Wakayama refinery is supplying fuel in drums to facilitate transport into the earthquake and tsunami affected areas.

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By: Tanzeel Akhtar
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