Japan’s Cosmo Oil tests Chiba crude refinery unit for restart

29 March 2012 16:00  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japanese refiner Cosmo Oil is continuing to test a crude distillation unit (CDU) at the earthquake-hit 220,000 bbl/day Chiba refinery, ahead of an expected restart in April, a company source said on Thursday.

Cosmo commenced testing on the 120,000 bbl/day No 2 CDU last week, the source said.

The Chiba refinery was shut down after being damaged by a fire and explosions following the 11 March 2011 earthquake. The explosions destroyed liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanks at the refinery.

If the start-up is successful, No 2 CDU is scheduled to only remain on stream until 19 April, when it will shut down again for maintenance work until 28 June.

A second crude unit at the Chiba refinery, the 100,000 bbl/day No 1 CDU, which is also presently shutdown, is scheduled to undergo maintenance from 22 September until 16 November, the source said.

Cosmo resumed partial operation of a number of secondary units at the Chiba refinery in January 2012.

Units at the Chiba refinery that have already been restarted include: 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.

By: James Dennis
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