Japan's Cosmo Oil restarts CDUs at quake-damaged Chiba refinery

25 April 2012 10:29  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japanese refiner Cosmo Oil has successfully restarted the two crude distillation units (CDUs) at its 220,000 bbl/day Chiba refinery, more than a year after they were shut, a company source confirmed on Wednesday.

Cosmo resumed production at its 100,000 bbl/day CDU No 1 at the site on 20 April, following a successful restart of its other 120,000 bbl/day CDU No 2 on 30 March, the source said, but declined to indicate operating rates at the refinery.

The company’s Chiba refinery was damaged by a fire and explosions following the 9.0-magnitude quake that hit northeastern Japan on 11 March 2011. The explosions destroyed liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanks at the refinery.

Scheduled maintenance at CDU No 2 on 19 April this year will be pushed back to 28 June, but the CDU No 1 will be shut as per original timetable on 22 September to 16 November, the company source said.

The Chiba refinery is the largest of four refineries operated by Cosmo Oil.

The company also has a 100,000 bbl/day refinery in Sakai, a 140,000 bbl/day refinery in Sakaide, and a 175,000 bbl/day refinery in Yokkaichi.

By: James Dennis
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