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Oil refinery fire will not affect fuel supply: CPC

2012/08/11 20:28:05

Taipei, Aug. 11 (CNA) A fire that broke out Firday at a desulfurization factory at CPC Corp., Taiwan's Dalin Refinery compound in Kaohsiung will not impact the company's fuel supply, CPC President Lin Maw-wen said Saturday.

A preliminary check after the fire found that there was no damage to the main equipment, Lin said.

Since the factory had already been closed down for an overhaul, the fire will not cause any production loss, he said. "The market supply will not be affected," Lin said.

He also apologized to residents in the area for the worry caused as a result of the fire and pledged that safety checks and repair work will continue at the Dalin Refinery.

The fire broke out Friday morning as a result of a hydrogen leak during tests in preparation for the overhaul, according to a preliminary investigation.

Three contract technicians, who were part of the overhaul team, suffered burns in the blaze. All three of them are in stable condition at a nearby hospital, CPC said.

The fire was extinguished in an hour and a half, the company said.

The factory will remain closed until mid-September, when the overhaul is due to completed, CPC said.

(By Lin Huei-chun, Chen Chao-fu and Elizabeth Hsu)
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