Japan's Cosmo Oil Chiba crude unit shutdown until mid-July

25 May 2012 09:44  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japanese refiner Cosmo Oil expects to restart its 120,000 bbl/day No 2 crude distillation unit (CDU) at the firm’s Chiba refinery after scheduled maintenance in mid-July, a company source said on Friday.

The No 2 CDU at the 220,000 bbl/day refinery was shut on 3 May this year.

The unit was previously restarted on 30 March this year for the first time since the whole refinery was shut after it was damaged by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that hit northeast Japan on 11 March last year.

Fire and explosions triggered by the earthquake destroyed liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanks at the refinery.

Cosmo Oil resumed production at its 100,000 bbl/day No 1 CDU on 20 April this year.

The No 1 CDU is scheduled to be shut for maintenance from 22 September to 16 November this year, the company source said.

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

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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