MOSCOW (MRC) -- A fire broke out at TonenGeneral Sekiyu's Wakayama refinery in western Japan (Wakayama) on Sunday afternoon, but no one was injured and its 132,000-bpd crude distillation unit (CDU) remained operational, a company spokesman said, reported Hydrocarbonprocessing.
The fire, which struck a facility to make lubricant, had not yet been put out, a local fire department official said at around 1040 GMT.
"It (the CDU) is still running, although the operating rate has been lowered," the spokesman said.
It is too early to tell how the refinery's overall operation will be affected by the incident, he added.
The refinery suffered another fire at a crude oil storage tank on Wednesday, which caused no injuries and had no impact on its oil refining operations.
As MRC informed befire, TonenGeneral Sekiyu KK shut two paraxylene lines in Wakayama following the fire at the company's refinery at the same site. Besides, the benzene unit was also taken off-line as a result of the incident.