Japan's Idemitsu Kosan shuts No 2 CDU at Chiba refinery after fire

20 July 2012 03:41  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japanese oil refiner Idemitsu Kosan on 19 July shut a 220,000 bbl/day crude distillation unit (CDU) at its Chiba refinery following a fire at the site, a company source said on Friday.

“We are still researching on the cause of the fire,” the source said, adding that the blaze broke out at about 19:40 Japan time (10:40 GMT) on Thursday. No injuries were reported.

The company has yet to fix a timeline for the restart of the unit, which is the only CDU at the refinery and the only facility that was shut following the fire, according to the source.

Other facilities at the refinery include a 66,000 bbl/day vacuum distillation unit (VDU), a 45,000 bbl/day fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) and a 17,000 bbl/day catalytic naphtha reformer.

The Idemitsu Chiba refinery is located in the Keiyo industrial zone close to the city of Ichihara. It supplies customers in Tokyo and central Honshu.

Idemitsu operates four refineries in Japan with a combined capacity of 640,000 bbl/day.

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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