Japan's Cosmo Oil to restart Chiba crude distillation unit

29 November 2012 14:37  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japanese refiner Cosmo Oil expects to restart a crude distillation unit (CDU) at its 220,000 bbl/day Chiba refinery in early January, following the completion of a government inspection, a company source said on Thursday.

The source could not give an exact restart date for the 120,000 bbl/day No 2 CDU at the Chiba refinery.

The Chiba refinery has been shutdown since May this year. A planned restart in June following the completion of scheduled maintenance was curtailed because of the need for a government inspection after a leakage occured from the refinery into the sea.

Secondary units at the Chiba refinery linked to the No 2 CDU are expected to restart later in January after the crude unit comes back online. The other crude unit at Chiba, the 100,000 bbl/day CDU No 1 is expected to comeback onstream in the summer of 2013, the source added.

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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