Japan’s Cosmo Oil restarts some units at Chiba refinery

12 January 2012 09:49  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan-based Cosmo Oil has resumed operations at some secondary units at its 220,000 bbl/day Chiba refinery, a company source said on Thursday.

The Chiba refinery was shut after being damaged by a fire and explosions following the 11 March earthquake last year. The explosions destroyed liquified petroleum gas (LPG) tanks at the refinery.

Cosmo Oil said in a statement said partial operations have been resumed at the No 10 fuel oil hydro-desulphurisation unit, the No 20 hydrogen production unit, a second hydrogen production facility and a vacuum gasoil hydro-desulphurisation unit.

“The partial operations will allow high sulphur fuel oil [that is] transported from Cosmo’s other refineries to be used as feedstock to produce low sulphur fuel oil at the Chiba refinery,” the company said.

Cosmo Oil operates four refineries in Japan with a combined capacity of 635,000 bbl/day. In addition to the Chiba refinery, the company operates the 175,000 bbl/day Yokkaichi refinery, the 140,000 bbl/day Sakaide refinery and the 100,000 bbl/day Sakai refinery.

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By: James Dennis
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