Fire erupts at Taiyo Oil refinery in Shikoku, Japan; no injuries

20 August 2014 10:49 Source:ICIS News

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--A fire erupted at Taiyo Oil’s 118,000 bbl/day refinery in Shikoku, Japan, early on Wednesday while the unit was shut for turnaround, a company source said.

The blaze occurred at around 2:00 Japan time (11:00 GMT) at the heating furnace of the benzene, toluene and xylene (BTX) naphtha hydrotreating unit, the company said in a statement issued in Japanese, adding that there were no injuries from the incident.

The fire was extinguished hours later, it said.

The refinery has been undergoing turnaround since June and is supposed to restart in mid-August. The refinery undergoes turnaround every four years, according to the company source.

Taiyo Oil is hoping to restart the Shikoku refinery next week, the source said.

The company is currently investigating the cause of the fire, Taiyo Oil said in the statement.

The Shikoku refinery has two crude distillation units (CDUs) – an 88,000 bbl/day CDU No 1 and a 30,000 bbl/day CDU No 2.

The refinery also has a 27,000 bbl/day vacuum distillation unit, a 37,000 bbl/day naphtha reformer, and a 19,000 bbl/day hydrocracker. 

It also has a residual fluid catalytic cracker (RFCC) with a 29,000 bbl/day capacity.

Additional reporting by Ong Sheau Ling and James Dennis

By Pearl Bantillo