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Total's Lindsey oil refinery, catches fire

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Jul '10
England's Total SA's Lindsey oil refinery was engulfed in fire early this week, causing injury to two people and leading to closure of a key part of the plant, while other units stayed protected from the sudden outbreak, informed company officials.

A spokeswoman from Total averred that, the fire outbreak was followed by a small explosion at noon. By the time fire-fighters could control the fire, it was evening. Following the control, a roll call was taken at that time, and company officials found that, a person was missing. The missing individual's family has been informed.

Near-by residents exclaimed that, black smoke was seen towering above the refinery from village Broughton, which is 12 miles (20 kilometres) to the West. Although, wind was blowing, they were pushing the clouds to the East, over the Humber River, away from the homes.

Fire forced shutting down of one of the two working crude distillation units (CDU), one of the large towers, utilised in the first step for processing crude oil, in the refining process.

As per pictures broadcasted across news channels, large clouds of black smoke and flames were observed inside the refinery perimeter. According to a Humberside fire and rescue services official, around 50 fire-fighters were present at the spot, with a police helicopter hovering above the fire scene.

More so, although rail transport of oil goods, from the refinery had come to a temporary standstill, while fire-fighters brought the fire under control, dispatch of the company's 223,000 barrel-per-day plant had commenced operation again, by mid-noon.

But yet, road deliveries and dispatches were discontinues and all neighbouring refining units were safely evacuated.

Total, which is Europe's biggest refiner, in a way had shut the Lindsey refinery during late May, till the end of July, much before an intended sale of the plant, scheduled to take place sometime later this year.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk - India


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