JX Nippon restarts Sendai crude refinery one year after earthquake

09 March 2012 13:22  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s leading crude refiner JX Nippon Oil and Energy restarted commercial production at its 145,000 bbl/day Sendai refinery on Friday, close to a year after the plant was shut down following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, a company source said.

The source gave no details of operating rates at the refinery, only that the refinery units were fully operational. JX Nippon started test operations at the refinery in January.

The refinery, in Miyagi prefecture on the main island of Honshu, was badly damaged by the earthquake and tsunami. The resulting fire raged for four days. JX Nippon operates eight refineries in Japan, with a total capacity of 1.6m bbl/day.

Meanwhile, another Japanese company Cosmo Oil has yet to resume full operations at its 220,000 bbl/day crude refinery in Chiba, which was also shut down after the earthquake. Cosmo Oil began partial operations of some secondary units at Chiba in January, but is still awaiting permission from local authorities to restart its crude distillation capacity.

By: James Dennis
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