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China's Dalian Petrochemical cuts operations after refinery fire

July 18/2011

(ICIS) -- Chinas Dalian Petrochemical, a subsidiary of PetroChina, is running the downstream facilities of its 10m tonne/year (200,000 bbl/day) crude distillation unit (CDU) in Dalian at reduced rates of about 60% after a fire at the unit two days ago, a company source said on Monday.
The CDU was shut following the fire on Saturday afternoon and no date has been set for it to resume operations, the source said.


The downstream facilities that are running at reduced rates include a 3.8m tonne/year naphtha hydrogenation unit, a 6m tonne/year gasoline and diesel hydrogenation unit, a 3.6m tonne/year hydrogenation cracking unit and a 3m tonne/year residual hydrogenation unit, according to the source.
The fire was the fourth incident to hit Chinas petrochemical industry over the last six weeks.


The China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) halted operations at some units at its 240,000 bbl/day refinery at Daya Bay, Huizhou, in Guangdong province after a fire broke out at the complex on 11 July. The affected aromatic and reformer units are expected to be shut for months, while operations at other units have been resumed.


CNOOC also suspended production on 13 July at two platforms of the Peng Lai 19-3 (PL19-3) oilfield at Bohai Bay after oil leaks that occurred in early June.


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